Canada’s Brooke Henderson clings to two-shot lead at midway level of Meijer LPGA

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brooke Henderson bogeyed the ultimate two holes for a 4-under 67, leaving the 19-year-old Canadian with a two-stroke lead Friday within the Meijer LPGA Basic.

Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., had seven birdies — 4 in a row on Nos. 9-12 — and three bogeys to achieve 12-under 130 and break the 36-hole report at Blythefield. She had a one-stroke lead Thursday after a gap 63.

Her method on the par-4 17th rolled down a hill and he or she two-putted.

“Might have been actually near being a terrific shot,” Henderson stated. “I practised that shot within the follow rounds and it jumped ahead on the primary bounce there and I don’t suppose I received that right now. So, sadly, it’s a tricky gap and I simply got here away with bogey, which isn’t actually what I used to be searching for.”

On the par-4 18th, she missed the inexperienced, left her chip effectively quick and missed the lengthy par putt.

“I form of let feelings get into issues and I used to be chasing birdie to try to get it again,” Henderson stated. “Sadly, two bogeys to complete. Hopefully, that simply offers me slightly bit extra motivation going into tomorrow.”

Maude-Aimee Leblanc (65) of Sherbrooke, Que., is 5-under, whereas Hamilton’s Alena Sharp (72) is 3-under. Calgary’s Jennifer Ha shot a gap spherical 64 however faltered to an 80 on Friday to overlook the reduce. Augusta James of Bathtub, Ont., additionally missed the reduce.

Fellow main champion Lexi Thompson, coming off a playoff loss to Ariya Jutanugarn on Sunday in Canada, adopted her opening 64 with a 68 to affix 2016 runner-up Carlota Ciganda (64) and Mi Jung Hur (66) at 10-under.

Thompson closed with a birdie on 18.

“I form of peeked with about 5 holes to go and I feel it stated minus 14 was main, after which I simply noticed on the final minus 12 was,” Thompson stated. “However I strive not to have a look at leaderboards, simply attempt to focus by myself sport, that’s all I can management.”

Ciganda misplaced a playoff to Sei Younger Kim final yr at Blythefield.

“I’ve been enjoying good,” the Spanish participant stated. “I’m simply excited. It was a superb week for me right here final yr so I’ve nice recollections. Yeah, I just like the course. I just like the greens. I feel the crowds are at all times good, so I’m very excited.”

Henderson received twice final yr, taking the KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship for her first main, and efficiently defending her title within the Cambia Portland Basic. She has a 36-hole lead for the primary time since late final September in China within the Reignwood LPGA Basic.

“It’s nice to see my title up there,” she stated. “It’s been slightly little bit of a tough season thus far, you realize, not getting the outcomes that I’ve been searching for. However this week appears to be a turnaround week and, hopefully, I can simply end robust the following two days.”

Moriya Jutanugarn was 9-under after a 66.

“It was nice,” Moriya Jutanugarn stated. “I’ve been enjoying strong. I rolled the ball good on the inexperienced. Every thing appears to be good.”

Shanshan Feng (70) topped the group at 8-under. The Chinese language participant is making an attempt to finish a Michigan sweep after profitable the LPGA Volvik Championship three weeks in the past in Ann Arbor.

Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn’s youthful sister, was tied for 30th at 4-under in her first occasion because the No. 1 participant on the planet. Lydia Ko, at No. 2 after an 85-week run on the prime, was 6-under after a 71. Michelle Wie additionally was 6-under after her second 68.

Kim had her second 70 to make the reduce on the quantity.

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