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Galioch: Brooke Henderson takes a wrong turn in Round 3 of the CP Women’s Open

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On move day at the CP Women’s Open, Brooke Henderson’s round went off track.

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A difficult day in Saturday’s Round 3 of the LPGA Tour event at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club ended with the No. 18 from Smiths Falls, Ontario missing his birdie putt by inches.

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It was a frustrating day for 24-year-old Henderson.

Henderson posted a 2-over par 73 after dropping four on the back nine of the 6,544-yard layout in an attempt to close the gap on the leaderboard at his home course. That puts her back well enough for Sunday’s final round, and her title chances are slim.

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It bothered Henderson when she took off at 10:15 a.m. because she wanted to give a good performance for the huge number of people who were following her.

Fans who came to see Henderson tried to cup the ball for her, but the flat stick went flat. She hit a couple of her putts on her front 9 with a birdie at 2-under 34, but that’s where her momentum stopped.

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Henderson said, “It’s a shame, but at the same time it’s an honor to play in front of so many people.”I’m just trying to make the most of it.

“I don’t blame them if they don’t follow me (Sunday) and follow the leader, but it’s been a great week so far.”

Considering the fact that the crowds lining Hunt’s fairways and greens stuck with Henderson from start to finish, I doubt they would give up her Sunday just because she wasn’t going to run to win this tournament. It’s hard to believe.

The kids in “Brooke’s Brigade” waiting for autographs and selfies after she announced Saturday weren’t disappointed. This week is more than just a week for Henderson, and she recognizes it.

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“I try to be approachable and friendly,” Henderson said. “I’m so happy to have everyone here and the support I’ve received this week has been unparalleled.

“It’s amazing to have an opportunity like this. It’s pretty cool to be so loved. Hopefully, I can give a good performance (Sunday).”

Henderson, who had such a strong performance in 2017 and won the title at Regina’s Wascana Golf Club in 2018, has a strong desire to be a hero in his hometown with success, so he doesn’t put too much pressure on himself. I have to wonder if I didn’t.

“You can’t think of it,” she said. “You go out there and try to get a good score. You’re minus two on the 9th hole, the 10th hole and she birdieed the 11th hole and was in top 10 position.

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“It’s crazy how golf can change so quickly. I tried to get back on my feet as quickly as I could. I tried as hard as I could to get another par there. Got off to a fast start (Sunday), I’m just trying to get those shots back quickly, and if it’s just the first two holes tomorrow, I can try and go from there.”

Henderson, sitting on the minus-seven position when he made the turn after birdieing on the ninth, made consecutive pars on the par-5, a 528-yard 10th, and an 11 on the fourth. Her round went sideways at the 12th, which took three shots to get off the front of the par-4 green.

It got worse on the 173-yard, par-3 13th. She hit her 7 iron into the water and ended up double bogeying her.

“I’m not a huge tee shot fan to begin with,” Henderson said. “I just got off the bogey and I wasn’t being myself. It’s a shame to drop two shots there.

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“I took a deep breath and tried to regroup a bit, but for some reason it took longer than usual. I wish I had taken it.

Sunday’s strategy is to come out of the gate strong and play like there’s no tomorrow.

“We set back quite a bit today, so we have nothing to lose,” Henderson said.

The reality is, until the rounds leveled off on Saturday, Henderson felt like he was hitting the ball well and couldn’t score. It’s a story.

Most telling stat: Henderson had 33 putts in the round. To get this train on track, we have to change it.

“I feel like I hit the ball well overall,” Henderson said. The putter wasn’t there.

“A few weeks are just like that.”

bgarrioch@postmedia.com

Twitter: @sungarrioch

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Galioch: Brooke Henderson takes a wrong turn in Round 3 of the CP Women’s Open

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