Four shots off the lead going into the weekend at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Brooke Henderson is comfortable in her surroundings, both on the leaderboard and at the Aronimink Golf Club, a venue that has provided a major test through the first two rounds near Philadelphia.
Henderson is tied for 14th at even par after Friday’s second round in which she shot a one under 69.
“It was a good day overall, nice to be under par and get it back to even for the tournament. I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. It’s nice to be in a good spot,” said Henderson.
“I feel like I played the course a little bit better than (Thursday), understood where the misses and everything were on each hole, so that was nice,” she added.
Henderson made the turn at two under after three birdies and a bogey on the front nine on Friday, but bogeyed the 10th to put her at one under on the day.
A birdie-bogey-birdie stretch between 13 and 15 left her at two under for the round before a bogey on the final hole left her at one under on the day and even par through the first two rounds.
“I was able to get a birdie early and that kind of settled some nerves on my second hole of the day, and then after that, yeah, it was a little bit up and down, but like I said, I felt like I understood the golf course a little bit better,” she said.
“I felt like I hit good shots. Some of the bogeys were a little bit unfortunate, but hopefully, I got all the bogeys out of the way today and we’ll be better (on Saturday),” said Henderson, the 2016 champion of this event.
“I feel like if you can get two solid rounds of golf in the first two days, then anything can really happen on the weekend and so it’s nice to be at even, know that I can go low out here and hopefully, just have two great rounds Saturday and Sunday and see what happens,” she added.
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At the midway polnt, leader Sei Young Kim is at four under, one of just 13 players under par in an event in which six over was the cut line.
“it is a very difficult golf course, but I feel like if you play smart, hit it to the correct places on the fairways and the greens, you can make pars easily and an occasional birdie,” she said.
“I feel like you definitely have to have a great strategy around here and just be patient. The greens are so big and sometimes you can’t really chase a lot of pins, so for me, I feel like I’m patient a lot of time and just hitting it to the middle of the green.
Alena Sharp finished Friday’s round with a 73 that leaves her in tied for 39th at four over going into the weekend.
The leaderboard is here.