Brooke Henderson shares lead at LPGA Marathon Classic
Canadian Brooke Henderson has struggled in her previous two appearances at the Marathon Classic.
The 20-year outdated from Smiths Falls, Ont., finds herself tied for the lead after two rounds of the match following a bogey-free 5-under par 66 on Friday to maneuver right into a tie with Caroline Hedwall. Each are at 9-under 133 via 36 holes.
“It is simply enjoyable to be in competition once more and to see your title at the highest of the leaderboard, it is thrilling, and hopefully good issues will occur,” Henderson mentioned.
Henderson, who received earlier this season in Hawaii and has six profession victories, missed the lower final yr at Highland Meadows and completed tied for 38th in 2016.
She shot a 3-under 31 on the entrance 9 after which birdied the ultimate two holes, each par 5s, to maneuver right into a tie with Hedwall.
“To complete birdie-birdie was actually necessary, and it is enjoyable to see your title at the highest,” Henderson mentioned. “I am excited to be within the last group.”
Hedwall, who performed within the morning on Friday, is searching for her first LPGA Tour victory. That is the primary time because the 2015 Handa Australian Open that she has held the lead after 36 holes.
Canadians in competition
“I have been on this scenario, and I imply, it was a very long time in the past, although,” mentioned Hedwall, who shot a 4-under 67 on Friday. “I am simply trying ahead to the weekend. That is clearly what you observe and work exhausting for, to be in competition.”
The 29-year-old Swede has matched a profession excessive for the bottom 36-hole rating of her profession, which was in Australia. Like Henderson, she additionally birdied the final two holes to maneuver to the highest of the leaderboard.
Thidapa Suwannapura was one shot again and defending champion I.Okay. Kim was three strokes behind.
Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., is 4-under after a second-round 68 whereas Hamilton’s Alena Sharp is even. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., missed the lower at 1-over.
Sei Younger Kim, who shot an LPGA Tour-record 31-under to win final week’s occasion in Wisconsin, was eight pictures again after a 1-over 72 on Friday.
Daniela Darquea had a hole-in-one on No. 6 from 169 yards out. She joins Nasa Hataoka as the one gamers on the tour this season to file a number of aces.
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