Canadian Brooke Henderson has struggled in her previous two appearances at the Marathon Classic.
The 20-year previous from Smiths Falls, Ont., finds herself tied for the lead after two rounds of the event 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 by way of 36 holes.
“It is simply enjoyable to be in rivalry once more and to see your identify at the highest of the leaderboard, it is thrilling, and hopefully good issues will occur,” Henderson stated.
Henderson, who gained earlier this season in Hawaii and has six profession victories, missed the reduce final 12 months 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 vital, and it is enjoyable to see your identify at the highest,” Henderson stated. “I am excited to be within the last group.”
Hedwall, who performed within the morning on Friday, is on the lookout 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 rivalry
“I have been on this scenario, and I imply, it was a very long time in the past, although,” stated Hedwall, who shot a 4-under 67 on Friday. “I am simply trying ahead to the weekend. That is clearly what you apply and work laborious for, to be in rivalry.”
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 reduce 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 report a number of aces.