After two days of respectable play at the LPGA JTBC Founders Cup, Brooke Henderson really dug in during round three and boosted herself into contention.
On a course that has given up some low scores this week the 18 year-old turned up the volume in Phoenix with a 9 birdie, two bogie performance. The resulting 65 pushed her all the way up to a share of 8th an four strokes off the lead of Eun-He Ji with 18 holes left at Wildfire Golf Club.
Henderson got off to a relatively slow start on Saturday but ramped things up nicely. “Really wasn’t anything too special coming around the turn but was able to make it into something a little bit better on the back 9 going 5-under. And right off the start I was playing well and felt pretty good 3-under and then kind of went through a slump and got it back.”
Asked what was different over her opening rounds of 68 and 69, Brooke felt the improvement was marginal. “Not a whole bunch. I was a little more comfortable with my swing and was able to be a little bit more aggressive on tee shots and pins and just got a couple of good breaks and was able to cap it off.”
Henderson is seeking her second win on the LPGA Tour and 4th top ten in a row on the LPGA Tour (and 5th overall including the ALPG/LET Tour).
Alena Sharp of Canada also had a low round on Saturday. The Hamilton, Ontario native threw a 64 (-8) on the board and now shares 23rd. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Quebec is tied for 64th.
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario is the top Canadian after 36 holes at the LPGA JTBC Founders Cup in Arizona. The 18 year-old added a second round 69 (-3) to her opening 68 to reach -7. She shares 25th place, eight strokes off the lead of Sei Young Kim.
Alena Sharp of Hamilton surged to a second round 68 to move on to the weekend.
Brooke Henderson is four under par…and six strokes off the lead.
Scoring was low on Thursday to start the LPGA Tour JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona but Henderson, of Smith Falls, ON, kept herself in the mix.
While Mi Hyang Lee posted a 10-under par, 62, that included a ridiculous front nine score of 27 (-9), Canadian Henderson turned in a 68 (-4) to share 24th place after round one.
On a very busy leaderboard it has her just two strokes out of the top ten at this point but just two strokes ahead of the projected 36-hole cut line.
The day was not as fruitful for her fellow Canadians as both Alena Sharp (Hamilton) and Maude-Aimee Leblanc (Sherbrooke, QC) each posted 73 (+1) on the day.