Canadians are in touch with the leaders on both the major professional golf tours.
At the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, round two is now complete and Inbee Park has taken the lead at -10 (67-67). It’s was just Park’s sixth competitive round in eight months after significant time off to deal with a finger injury.
She is being chased by a number of the top ranked players in the world, including Canada’s Brooke Henderson.
Henderson had opened with a 67 (-5) that had just one bogey on her card but round two was a little more tumultuous. The #10 ranked player in the world turned in a 70 (-2) in round two to reach -7 total. She sits in a share of seventh. In doing so she had five birdies on her card against three bogies.
She had five more putts in round two, 31 versus 26, contributing to the tally. It is an area of her game that she pointed to after round one as a focus of her attention. Asked what she had been working on in the off-season she replied, “You know, distance control with my wedges, my ball-striking and my putting. I worked a lot with my dad, who is also my coach, and my sister. I’m just trying to read putts a little bit better, taking in all the factors, and seeing the front of the hole and seeing the line better.”
Canada’s Alena Sharp sits in a share of 59th place in Singapore after rounds of 75 and 74. The event has no cut.
Dundas, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes is in Mexico playing in his first World Golf Championship after earning the start due to his 9th place FedEx Cup Points ranking. His putting was not strong in the opening round (he lost over two strokes to the field) and he only hit ten greens, but he still managed four birdies against three bogeys to finish at 70 (-1).
That score has him in a share of 20th place, three back of leaders Phil Mickelson, Ross Fisher, Jon Rahm, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, and Lee Westwood who each shot 67. That is the most players tied for the lead after 18 holes in the tournament’s history.