Henderson takes two-shot lead at Tournament of Champions

Canadian Brooke Henderson carded a 4-under 67 on Friday pull two shots ahead at the midway point in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

The elite 26-player field competing at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is made up of LPGA winners from the last two seasons.

Henderson, whose bogey-free round featured birdies at Nos. 4 and 7 on her way to a front-side 32, looked like she might go even lower on the back nine after two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. But she failed to capitalize on birdie opportunities coming down the stretch and made seven straight pars to finish the second round at 10-under 132.

Reigning LPGA Player of the Year Ariya Jutanugarn, the current world No. 1 from Thailand, also fired a 67 on Friday to move into a tie for second with South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji (69) and New Zealand's Lydia Ko (68). Mirim Lee of South Korea is alone at 7 under after posting a second-round 68.

Jutanugarn said she was pleasantly surprised by her Round 2 performance considering she felt her play was somewhat erratic.

"I didn't expect to finish 4 under at all today because I was hitting it everywhere," she said after her round. "I kept missing fairways and greens, so I'm really happy about that. ... I have to work on everything and a lot (going into the weekend) so I'm just going to work on it after this."

Americans Marina Alex (67) and Lexi Thompson (69) are tied at 6 under, while three players are tied for eighth at 5 under -- American Nelly Korda (67), Mexico's Gaby Lopez (68) and Thidapa Suwannapura (69) of Thailand.

--Field Level Media

01/18/2019 15:49

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