SYLVANIA, Ohio — Brooke Henderson has struggled in her previous two appearances at the Marathon Classic.
The 20-year previous Canadian finds herself tied for the lead after two rounds of the event following a bogey-free 5-under par 66 on Friday to maneuver right into a tie with Caroline Hedwall. Both are at 9-under 133 by way of 36 holes.
“It’s just fun to be in contention again and to see your name at the top of the leaderboard, it’s exciting, and hopefully good things will happen,” Henderson mentioned.
Henderson, who gained earlier this season in Hawaii and has six profession victories, missed the minimize final 12 months at Highland Meadows and completed tied for 38th in 2016.
She shot a Three-under 31 on the entrance 9 after which birdied the ultimate two holes, each par 5s, to maneuver right into a tie with Hedwall.
“To finish birdie-birdie was really important, and it’s fun to see your name at the top,” Henderson mentioned. “I’m excited to be in the final group.”
Hedwall, who performed within the morning on Friday, is on the lookout for her first LPGA Tour victory. This is the primary time because the 2015 Handa Australian Open that she has held the lead after 36 holes.
“I’ve been in this situation, and I mean, it was a long time ago, though,” mentioned Hedwall, who shot a Four-under 67 on Friday. “I’m just looking forward to the weekend. This is obviously what you practice and work hard for, to be in contention.”
The 29-year-old Swede has matched a profession excessive for the bottom 36-hole rating of her profession, which was in Australia. Like Henderson, she additionally birdied the final two holes to maneuver to the highest of the leaderboard.
Thidapa Suwannapura was one shot again and defending champion I.Ok. Kim was three strokes behind.
Sei Young Kim, who shot an LPGA Tour-record 31-under to win final week’s occasion in Wisconsin, was eight pictures again after a 1-over 72 on Friday.
Daniela Darquea had a hole-in-one on No. 6 from 169 yards out. She joins Nasa Hataoka as the one gamers on the tour this season to file a number of aces.