As Brooke Henderson climbed the leaderboard in Thursday’s second round of the Olympic women’s golf competition at the Kasumigaseki Country Club East Course near Tokyo, Nelly Korda continued to ascend into the distance at the top.
Henderson shot a three under 68 and moved into a tie for 34th at even par, 13 shots behind Korda, who took a four shot lead with a 62 on Thursday that tied the women’s Olympic record. Korda was flirting with a 59 before taking a double bogey on her final hole of the day,
After two rounds Henderson is nine shots out of the medals.
“It felt good to make some birdies out there. It’s more like my old self, which feels good. Yeah, hopefully just kind of continue the momentum into tomorrow and Saturday and hopefully make a lot more birdies and climb up as much as possible,” said Henderson, who may have that quest complicated even more.
An oncoming storm combined with the extreme heat could force organizers to shorten the tournament to 54 holes.
“It’s definitely very hot out here and you have to really be careful and make sure you’re drinking a lot and, for me, eating a lot too,” said Henderson.
“You don’t necessarily feel like eating, but you know it’s really important and I feel like the last few days, I’ve definitely felt it on the back nine a lot more, but feeling good right now and hopefully good rest and lots of water tonight and I’ll be feeling good for tomorrow,” she said.
“if I was near the top of the leaderboard I would be loving it that it’s possibly only three days. Where I am, it’s probably better for me if there’s two more rounds, so I can maybe climb a little bit more, but that’s golf,” she said.
“You never really know, there’s lots of variables and lots of conditions that you kind of just have to deal with,” said Henderson.
Alena Sharp shot an even par 71 on Thursday and is tied for 46th at three over. Sharp had a bogey on the par three fourth hole, but got it back with a birdie on 15.
“it started out not so great, didn’t hit a lot of good shots the first five holes, but got up and down. I think that calmed me down,” said Sharp.
“I found it on No. 8, hit better shots, my tempo was better, I gave myself opportunities, hit a lot of good putts that didn’t go in,” she said.
“Finally, I made a birdie on 15, had chances coming in on 16 and 18, but happy with getting it back to even because I was over par early and obviously would be nice to be more under par today, but I’m happy with my finish the way I started, for sure,” she added.
Henderson is scheduled to tee off at 7:59 a.m. local time on Friday, with Sharp starting at 8:35 a.m.