LOTTE Championship report: What happened in Hawaii?

Brooke Henderson successfully defended the title which she won in 2018 to record her eighth LPGA Tour win and equal Sandra Post for the most wins by a Canadian.

A final-round score of 2-under was enough to leave her with a four-shot cushion at the top of the leaderboard as she battled windy conditions.

LOTTE Championship report

Having held the 54-hole lead alongside the in-form Nelly Korda, round four was set up to be  tense affair. But thanks to birdies at the 3rd, 5th and 11th, she was able to pull away from the pack.

Korda had her struggles on the final day, bogies at 3 and 9 sandwiched a double-bogey at the 7th dented her chances of victory, but her fate was sealed on the 18th as she found the water twice on her way to a quadruple-bogey.

With many of the leaders shooting over par on Saturday, the round of the day came from Nicole Broch Larsen who shot an impressive 8-under. The final day charge earned the Dane a share of 12th.

LOTTE Championship report: The talking point

During Thursday’s second round, Angel Yin holed-out in two shots on the par-4 15th, in bizarre circumstances.

She hit her approach into the green and on the second bounce her ball, which looked to be flying way past the hole, struck her playing partner’s ball.

The rebound sent her ball back towards the hole and saw it drop in for an eagle.

Now, we all remember what happened at the Honda LPGA Thailand back in February, don’t we?

The incident that led to a lot of speculation around one of the hot topics of 2019, backstopping.

Well, this situation was totally different, and while there were as always, many jokes posted on Twitter inferring that this was a case of backstopping, we can definitively say it was not.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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