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Young Canadian wins Portland Classic title

PORTLAND, Oregon - Brooke Henderson won the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes on Sunday to become the third-youngest champion in LPGA Tour history to lift the trophy.

The Canadian - at 17 years, 11 months, 6 days - closed with a 3-under 69 at Columbia Edgewater to finish at 21-under 267, the lowest total since the event went from 54 holes to 72 in 2013.

Lydia Ko set the age record as an amateur in the 2012 Canadian Women’s Open at 15 years, 4 months, 2 days. She also won the Canadian event in 2013 at 16.

Lexi Thompson won the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, 7 months, 8 days.

Henderson’s eight-stroke margin is the largest in the history of the event and the biggest on the LPGA Tour since Shin Ji-yai won the 2012 Women’s British Open by nine shots.

Henderson also became the first Canadian winner since Lorie Kane in the 2001 Takefuji Classic and joined Laurel Kean as the only other qualifier to win. Kean accomplished the feat in the 2000 Rail Classic.

Henderson earned $195,000 and has made $661,818 in 10 events so far this year.

AP
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