You can add clairvoyant to the resume of Brooke Henderson.
On Thursday the young LPGA star noted after her opening round of 67 (-5) at the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC, “This year I would love to win again, but I know there are a lot of great players in the field this week and I will have to shoot minus-5 or better every single day.”
So far, she is right. And on track.
After trailing by one shot to start the day on Friday, the 19 year-old major champion from Smiths Falls, Ontario met her aspiration, posting another round of -5, 67, to earn a share of the lead headed into the weekend.
Henderson is the two-time defending champion at Columbia Edgewater Golf Club and proved once again Friday just how comfortable she is on this golf course.
She shares first place with Stacy Lewis (70-64) and overnight leader In Gee Chun (66-68). It was a big round for Lewis who has pledged her earnings this week to help flood relief efforts in Houston.
Asked what a win for her would mean this week Lewis, who lives in northeast Houston replied, “It would honestly probably be one of the most special. It would probably be up there with a major. That was the goal to start the week, was to take a big check home. You know, that’s still the goal. Now I’m in a good spot to do that.”
The day was fairly average for Henderson through her front nine where she was -1 for the day. It turned around on the par 4, 11th hole, when she holed her approach shot to make an eagle, 2. It was the start to a five hole stretch where she was five under par, setting up the final score.
“It was a little bit up and down today,” admitted Henderson who made three bogies during her second round. “You know, I made a lot of birdies and an eagle which was awesome. Although I made a couple bogeys that I’d like to take off the card for the next two days. Overall I feel like I have a solid game plan and anytime I’m double digits after two days I’m really happy, so hopefully I can just continue that trend over the next two days.”
Henderson’s 2016 Olympic teammate, Alena Sharp, is staying around the top half of the leaderboard. The Hamiltonian (69-71) is at -4.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Quebec was the only other Canadian to make the 36-hole cut. She posted 70-73 to slip into the weekend.
Jennifer Ha of Calgary (75-74) and Augusta James of Bath, Ontario (79-74) are done for the week.
— LPGA (@LPGA) September 2, 2017