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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 am

Henderson plays 30 holes, leads by 3

Associated press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Brooke Henderson opened a three-stroke lead Friday in a 30-hole day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Trying to break a tie for the Canadian victory record for both women and men, Henderson completed an 8-under 64 in the rain-delayed first round and shot another 64 in the second round at Blythefield Country Club.

Henderson finished play late Thursday with a hole-in-one on the 15th hole, her sixth hole of the round that started seven hours late.

“I was able to carry it on early this morning,” said Henderson, the 2017 winner at Blythefield. “Then I had lunch and came right back and played another 18. I just felt really confident today with my ball-striking, which is awesome, and I rolled in a few putts, too.”

Henderson, 21, successfully defended her Lotte Championship title in April in Hawaii for her eighth LPGA Tour victory to tie Sandra Post's Canadian record. George Knudson and Mike Weir share the Canadian mark on the PGA Tour, also with eight victories.

Henderson birdied five of the final six holes in the second round to break the tournament 36-hole record she set in 2017 by two strokes.

“With these soft conditions you can take it pretty much right at it, which I've been doing,” she said.

Brittany Altomare was second at 13 under after rounds of 66 and 65. She played 31 holes Friday.

Jennifer Kupcho shot 67-67 to reach 10 under, playing 29 holes Friday. The ex-Wake Forest star is making her third professional start. She won the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in April.

Twenty-eight players were unable to finish.