Brooke Henderson followed up one 64 with another on Friday, finishing her first-round 64 on Friday morning and going straight back out for another 64 that afternoon. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
Brooke Henderson followed up one 64 with another on Friday, finishing her first-round 64 on Friday morning and going straight back out for another 64 that afternoon. The Canadian start carded 16 birdies to a lone bogey over her first two rounds, besting the 36-hole tournament scoring record she set in 2017 by two strokes. Henderson, who played 30 holes on Friday, kept up the momentum she built on Thursday night and finished the day strong.
“I started off really well late last night and I was able to carry it on early this morning,” said Henderson, whose last shot on Friday was a hole-in-one at No. 15. “Then I had lunch and came right back and played another 18. I just felt really confident today with my ball striking, which is awesome, and I rolled in a few putts, too.”
Henderson holds a three-stroke lead over Brittany Altomare (-13), who shot her season-best 65 in the second round. Jennifer Kupcho(-10), the Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion, turned in back-to-back 67s and sits in a tie for third, six strokes behind Henderson. Annie Park closed birdie-eagle before play was suspended Friday night due to darkness and then birdied her final hole when play resumed on Saturday morning to tie for third.
Five players are tied for fifth at -8 — Megan Khang, who returned a bogey-free 66; Angela Stanford and Nasa Hataoka, who carded 68s, Aditi Ashok, who eagled No. 18 for a 65; and Moriya Jutanugarn, who had an eagle of her own at No. 8 in her round of 67.
Gemma Dryburgh’s bogey-free 64 tied Henderson for the low round of the tournament and was also her career-best round; her previous best was a 65, which she shot in the final round at the 2019 Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg. Dryburgh enters the weekend in a tie for 10th with eight other players, including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko.
There were 82 players who made the cut at 1-under. The third round will begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
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