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Brooke Henderson remains 2 shots off lead at LPGA major

Canada’s Brooke Henderson continues to stay inside putting distance of her 2d major identify.

The Smith Falls, Ont., local fired a 2-under 69 Friday to stay two shots off leaders Amy Olson (65), Mo Martin (66) and Mi Hyang Lee (66) at the Evian Championship in Évian-les-Bains, France.

Henderson is a part of a seven-woman crew chasing Olson for the final LPGA major championship of the season.

The 21-year-old transformed six birdies at the day, together with 4 of her final six holes. She additionally overcame two bogeys and one double bogey.

Already an LPGA major champion, Henderson turned into the primary Canadian girl in 45 years to win nationwide golfing identify after profitable the CP Women’s Open final month.

“I feel like my game is in a really good spot,” mentioned Henderson. “To be capable of rebound like that mentally I believe is actually key. On this golfing route you were given to stick affected person, and I believe like we have been in a position to try this even supposing it is very tough at instances.

“I am actually excited for the following couple of days, so we’re going to simply see what occurs.”

Tour rookie Maria Torres shared the four-way lead Friday after two rounds in her 2d major match. Top-ranked, two-time major winner Sung Hyun Park has the weekend off.

Torres, the primary Puerto Rican to earn an LPGA Tour card, shot a 2-under 69 sooner than Olson, Martin and Lee matched her Eight-under 134 overall.

“It’s one thing new and it is thrilling [to lead],” mentioned the 23-year-old Torres, who’s ranked No. 184. She neglected the minimize at 10 over in her handiest earlier major, the Women’s PGA Championship gained in July through the South Korean global No. 1.

Park (71) began and completed play Friday at 6 over at the sun-soaked Evian Resort Golf Club and neglected the minimize through 3 shots.

Par-saving putt

Olson had seven birdies and secured a proportion of the lead with an 18-foot par-saving putt at the 18th.

“That was once large,” said the 26-year-old North Dakota native, whose career-best finish in a major is tied for ninth at the ANA Inspiration this season. “Seeing it drop, that is numerous self assurance going into the following day.”

Olson’s operating week in France intended she wanted a substitute to bake cookies for the Indiana State linebackers coached through her husband, Grant. The Sycamores play Saturday at Eastern Illinois.

“The head trainer’s spouse made them for the linebackers this week,” Olson said. “She were given me coated.”

Lee made an eagle at her ultimate hollow, the par-Five 9th, to be the easiest ranked co-leader, at No. 59. The South Korean’s two profession LPGA wins are greater than the opposite 3 blended, despite the fact that Martin gained the 2014 Women’s British Open.

One shot again, Carlota Ciganda of Spain carded 70 to apply a 65 that handiest Torres equalled Thursday.

Austin Ernst (70) may be two shots again, finishing her spherical mins sooner than Hurricane Florence made landfall with reference to her house state South Carolina.

“I have checked the elements app on a daily basis and talked to my circle of relatives again house,” said the Seneca native. “It’s extra flooding [risk] the place I’m. Let’s see what occurs.”

American beginner Rachel Heck, who’s handiest 16 years previous, safely made the minimize at her 2d major. A 73 were given her to one over.

The top-ranked American, global No. Five Lexi Thompson, was once in tears at the 18th inexperienced and neglected the minimize through one stroke. She swiped her membership in frustration after a scuffed chip that ended in a bogey-Five and a spherical of 75. The 2014 ANA Inspiration winner had additionally dropped a shot at the 17th.

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