Brooke Henderson: LPGA Portland Classic win in sight for teen

Brooke Henderson
Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson turns 18 in September

Canada's Brooke Henderson is on course to becoming only the third player in LPGA history to win a tour event before turning 18, after opening a five-stroke lead at the Portland Classic.

The 17-year-old hit a seven-under 65 in the third round at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon.

She also equalled the tournament's 54-hole record of 18-under 198.

Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson are the only players to win an LPGA Tour title before their 18th birthday.

"I had a lot of fun out there today," said Henderson, who reached the tournament via the qualifiers on Monday.

"I got some lucky breaks. I think that's due to my positive energy. I try to focus on my shots and block out any negativity."

American Morgan Pressel also hit a 65 on Saturday to move second on 203, one stroke ahead of German pair Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson with one round remaining.

A win on Sunday will give Henderson an LPGA Tour card for next season.

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