Hull, Henderson struggle on windy back nine


RIO DE JANEIRO – Charley Hull and Brooke Henderson both picked a bad time to go through a tough stretch. Both were in contention for a gold medal late Friday. Both will now struggle to find their way onto the podium.

Great Britain’s Hull, 20, was playing in the final group of the day with Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis. She was 1 under after 11 holes Friday during the third round but made four bogeys over the last seven holes to shoot 3-over 74.

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She’s tied for fifth place, six shots behind leader Inbee Park.

“It was so windy on the back nine,” Hull said. “Like, it was super windy.”

Canada’s Henderson, 18, was having similar success on the day and was even par after 12 holes. She played the last six holes in 4 over par, including a three-putt double from 3 feet on the par-4 14th hole.

She shot 75 and is tied for eighth place, seven shots behind Park. Third place is five shots ahead.