Defending champion Henderson takes Portland Classic lead
FILE- In this Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, Brooke Henderson, of Canada, hits her approach shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic golf tournament in Portland, Ore. Henderson has come a long way since her win last year in Portland. She's ranked No. 2 in the world and has a major victory as she looks to defend her title at the Portland Classic. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Brooke Henderson shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic on Thursday.
Picking up where she left off from a year ago, when Henderson shot a 21-under 267 to win her first LPGA tournament, the 18-year-old Canadian hit 16 greens and made nine birdies on a warm, cloudless day at the 6,476-yard Columbia Edgewater course.
Angela Stanford, Demi Runas and Mariajo Uribe each shot 67 to trail Henderson.
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Runas, whose best career finish is a tie for 25th, and Uribe are looking for their first LPGA victories. Stanford lost in a playoff in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge, which has previously played host to the Portland Classic. Uribe and Stanford shot bogey-free rounds.