Buick LPGA Shanghai R2

Brooke Henderson takes two-shot lead into weekend

October 17-20
Qizhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai, China
$2,100,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


On the strength of a hole-in-one at No. 2, Brooke Henderson tied the tournament scoring record with a second-round 64 and pushed to the top of the leaderboard at -11 heading to the weekend at the Buick LPGA Shanghai. The 22-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, aced the second hole, from 144 yards with an 8-iron.

“I didn’t see it at all, and then Olly (Brett), one of the caddies in our group (for Danielle Kang), turned and said, ‘That went in,’” said Henderson, who added it was her seventh career hole-in-one. “We were like “What, really!” That was pretty cool. It definitely got my day started in the right direction.”

Henderson cruised around Qizhong Garden Golf Club on Friday, tying her low round of the season thanks to that ace, seven birdies and just one bogey.


“I really like this golf course. I feel like it does suit my game really well,” said Henderson, who tied for 26th at the 2018 tournament. “You really have to stay patient and pay attention to the wind conditions. It’s important to hit a lot of fairways and the greens are so large that you’re doing to hit a lot of greens, but the proximity to the hole is really important.”

Americans Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang both shot 5-under 67s on Friday to sit second at -9 and third at -8, respectively, and join Henderson in Saturday’s final group. Korda, playing in her first individual event in six weeks, survived a rollercoaster opening nine that put four birdies and two bogeys on her card. Her back nine was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 13th.

Kang carded an eagle of her own on Friday, pitching in from 30 yards out on the fairway at No. 9. Kang, the defending Buick LPGA Shanghai champion, knows that she’s in a prime position heading into the last two days of competition.

“I definitely know that birdies are out there and it’s a pretty tough golf course. It’s not easy to shoot low,” said Kang. “There were a lot of good scores out there today and I know how well these girls can play, so I just got to keep chipping away and keep on trying to make those birdies and see what happens at the end.”

Marina Alex and first-round co-leader Amy Yang are tied for fourth at -6. Nasa Hataoka, who joined Yang atop the leaderboard after the first round, stumbled to a 1-under 73 on Friday and fell into a tie for ninth at -4.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Brooke M. Henderson
-11
69
64
133
2
Jessica Korda
-9
68
67
135
3
Danielle Kang
-8
69
67
136
T4
Marina Alex
-6
71
67
138
T4
Amy Yang
-6
67
71
138
T6
Kristen Gillman
-5
73
66
139
T6
Brittany Altomare
-5
70
69
139
T6
Angel Yin
-5
68
71
139

T9
Sei Young Kim
-4
73
67
140
T9
Jeongeun Lee6
-4
72
68
140
T9
Georgia Hall
-4
71
69
140
T9
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
71
69
140
T9
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
70
70
140
T9
Nasa Hataoka
-4
67
73
140
T15
Azahara Munoz
-3
72
69
141
T15
Su Oh
-3
71
70
141
T15
Na Yeon Choi
-3
70
71
141
T15
Shanshan Feng
-3
70
71
141
T15
Mel Reid
-3
69
72
141
T15
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
69
72
141
T21
Yu Liu
-2
76
66
142
T21
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
73
69
142
T21
Jin Young Ko
-2
72
70
142
T24
Minjee Lee
-1
74
69
143
T24
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
72
71
143
T24
Annie Park
-1
71
72
143
T24
Nelly Korda
-1
71
72
143
T24
Lydia Ko
-1
69
74
143
T29
Jing Yan
E
74
70
144
T29
Amy Olson
E
73
71
144
T29
Xiaowen Yin (a)
E
73
71
144
T29
Mi Hyang Lee
E
72
72
144
T29
Alena Sharp
E
72
72
144
T29
Jennifer Kupcho
E
69
75
144
T35
Megan Khang
1
74
71
145
T35
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
74
71
145
T35
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
73
72
145
T35
Gaby Lopez
1
73
72
145
T35
Nicole Broch Larsen
1
72
73
145
T35
Eun-Hee Ji
1
72
73
145
T35
Caroline Masson
1
72
73
145
T35
Carlota Ciganda
1
72
73
145
T35
Katherine Kirk
1
71
74
145
T44
Ruoning Yin (a)
2
75
71
146
T44
Ruixin Liu
2
72
74
146
T46
Mirim Lee
3
77
70
147
T46
Sakura Yokomine
3
75
72
147
T46
Simin Feng
3
74
73
147
T46
Hyo Joo Kim
3
73
74
147
T46
Sarah Schmelzel
3
72
75
147
T51
Tiffany Joh
4
77
71
148
T51
Jenny Shin
4
76
72
148
T51
Gerina Piller
4
70
78
148
T54
Lizette Salas
5
76
73
149
T54
Yifan Ji
5
75
74
149
T54
Wei-Ling Hsu
5
75
74
149
T54
In-Kyung Kim
5
74
75
149
T54
Muni He
5
74
75
149
T59
Paula Creamer
6
77
73
150
T59
Yanhong Pan
6
77
73
150
T59
Cydney Clanton
6
76
74
150
T59
Yuli Shi
6
75
75
150
T59
Chella Choi
6
74
76
150
T64
Jienalin Zhang
7
79
72
151
T64
Xiyu Lin
7
76
75
151
T64
Mi Jung Hur
7
76
75
151
T67
Yunjie Zhang
8
78
74
152
T67
Jaye Marie Green
8
72
80
152
T69
Celine Boutier
10
80
74
154
T69
Yuting Shi
10
79
75
154
T69
Pornanong Phatlum
10
76
78
154
T69
Cheyenne Knight
10
75
79
154
T69
Xiang Sui
10
75
79
154
74
Ying Luo
11
78
77
155
T75
Anna Nordqvist
12
79
77
156
T75
Charley Hull
12
79
77
156
77
Jiaze Sun (a)
13
80
77
157
T78
Yezhou Lin
14
77
81
158
T78
Taoli Yang
14
75
83
158
80
Huize Lian
17
78
83
161
WD
Bronte Law
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