Brooke Henderson improved her second round score by two shots over the day before, but didn’t make up any ground on leader In Gee Chun at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Bethesda, Md.
Henderson, who started the day seven shots off the lead, shot a three-under 69, but she remains seven back in a tie for fourth after Chun also shot a 69 on Friday to maintain her edge at Congressional Country Club. Chun opened on Thursday with a 64.
“That’s pretty far ahead, but it’s just halfway right now. She’s playing extremely well and that’s really cool to see. Hopefully, I’ll just make a few more putts and make a climb up (Saturday) and see what happens going into Sunday,” said Henderson.
“You know, in a major championship, anything can happen and it’s only halfway, like I said. I think I’ll have to play extremely well and make a lot of birdies to put myself in a good position on Sunday,” she said.
“To shoot three under out here, I’m really happy with that and I gave myself a lot of great birdie looks and then a couple of holes, where I ran into a little bit of trouble, I was able to make longish putts to save myself and keep the round going and keep the momentum, which I think was really important,” she said.
“Hopefully, I can just go out and continue to ball-strike like I have been and hopefully make a few more,” said Henderson, adding that conditions are prime compared to the first round.
“It was actually kind of hot, so the ball started to fly pretty well, while the greens were still very soft and very receptive,” she said.
“It just played a lot different than it did (Thursday) morning for sure, so I could see that the scores were a lot lower. I was glad that I was able to be a part of that and get a little lower than I did (Thursday). Hopefully, I’ll just continue on that trend and get a little better every day,” said Henderson.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc is tied for 49th after she shot her second consecutive 73 on Friday.
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U.S. Senior Open
Alan McLean shot his second consecutive, four-over 73 in the second round of the U.S, Senior Open in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday
At four over through the first two rounds, McLean is tied for 46th going into the weekend.
Stephen Ames, Mike Weir and Kevin Baker missed the cut.
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