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Henderson posts rare feat, joining small group of Canadians to win at home

Canada's Brooke Henderson tries on an RCMP stetson as she celebrates her win at the CP Women's Open in Regina on Sunday, August 26, 2018. One day after becoming the first Canadian in 45 years to win the LPGA Tour's CP Women's Open, Brooke Henderson was in Calgary for a Women's Day event to kick off the city's Champions Tour event week.
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August 27, 2018 - 11:32 AM

CALGARY - Brooke Henderson says her CP Women's Open win in Regina was a major step forward in her evolution as a top LPGA golfer.

The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., says she made the energy of the home-country crowd at Wascana Country Club work for her and not overwhelm her.

Less than 24 hours after hosting the trophy, Henderson was in Calgary promoting the men's senior tour's Shaw Charity Classic.

Henderson won this year's Women's Open by four strokes and became the first Canadian champion at the tournament in 45 years.

She's heading to Portland for the Cambia Portland Classic in Oregon. She's won that tournament twice in her career in 2015 and 2016.

Here is a look at the three previous triumphs:

PAT FLETCHER — 1954 CANADIAN OPEN

The head professional at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club posted a four-shot win over fellow Canadian Gord Brydson and American Bill Welch at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

Fletcher finished the 72-hole event at four-under 280.

Fletcher was born in England, but raised in Victoria after moving there as a young child.

For his victory at the event, Fletcher took home US$3,200. Dustin Johnson, the winner of this year's Canadian Open, earned $1.16 million.

No Canadian has won the men's national championship since Fletcher, one of the most prominent droughts in Canadian sports.

Henderson snapped a 45-year Canadian dry spell at the women's championship with her victory.

JOCELYNE BOURASSA — 1973 LA CANADIENNE

One year after capturing the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year award, Bourassa won in her home province.

The native of Sherbrooke, Que., won the tournament now known as the CP Women's Open in its first year at the Montreal Municipal Golf Club.

Bourassa beat out Judy Rankin on Sandra Haynie in a playoff after reaching that stage with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

All three shot 5-under 214 in the three round tourney.

It was Bourassa's first and only LPGA win.

Bourassa earned $10,000 for the triumph. Henderson got a cheque for $337,500 after winning Sunday.

MIKE WEIR — 1999 AIR CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP

Weir's first of eight PGA Tour wins came at the Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey, B.C.

The native of Brights Grove, Ont., shot 7-under 64 in each of the final two rounds to finish at 18 under, two strokes better than Fred Funk.

"Right now, I'm even in a bit of a daze," Weir said afterward. "Obviously, it's unbelievable to win. I couldn't create a better scenario."

The highlight shot was an 159-yarder with an eight-iron for eagle on No. 14 in the final round.

The B.C.-based tournament's seven-year run came to an end in 2002.

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