The title defence at the Cambia Portland Classic is going well for Canada’s Brooke Henderson. Sort of.
While she co-holds the lead with Suzann Pettersen after two rounds at 11 under par at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, the recently crowned major champion felt it could have been better.
After an opening 65 that included nine birdies, her 68 on Friday was good, but not great, according to the 18 year-old herself.
“I just didn’t hit the ball as solidly as I’m used to,” remarked the reigning KPMG Women’s PGA Champion from Smiths Falls, Ontario. “On this course you kind of need to hit fairways and you need to hit greens. For the way I struck the ball I scored extremely well. Hopefully just hit the ball a little bit cleaner, a little bit more solid tomorrow, and hopefully get things to happen.”
Henderson had just one bogie on her card in round two, it came on the 17th hole, but she rebounded nicely with a birdie on 18 to re-gain a share of the lead with Pettersen.
This marks five rounds of golf in a row where Henderson has owned or shared the lead at the Cambia Portland Classic, over two years, and she is hoping the 2016 version of the event turns out as well as last years.
“Yeah, for sure. I really like this golf course. I like the Northwest. I’ve played pretty well on these courses. There is still two days left and anything can happen, but I like where I’m hit sitting. Hopefully I’ll just make some putts, make some birdies, and see how it goes.”