Brooke Henderson birdied each of her last four holes and five of her last six to charge up the leaderboard in the second round of the Olympic Women’s Golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
After her seven-under 64, Henderson goes into Friday’s third round in a tie for third at eight under, two shots behind leader Inbee Park.
“Yeah, it was a much better day today,” said Henderson, who opened the competition with a one-under 70 on Wednesday.
“I felt better right off the bat. I was two under through my first nine holes, which was good, and I was hoping to get a few more birdies on the back nine, and I definitely was able to do that, especially my last six holes,” she added.
“I kind of got momentum and putts drained for me and I was able to hit some really good shots. I’m really happy with today and hopefully I’ll do something similar (Friday),” she said.
A similar number would go a long way towards keeping Henderson in medal contention. With Park leading and American Stacy Lewis second, just one back after a 63 on Thursday, Henderson has a couple of former world No. 1 players ahead of her.
Henderson is tied with Charley Hull of England.
“There’s still lots of golf left and lots of people around the leaderboard. I have a lot of work to do, but so does everybody else here, so hopefully, I’ll have two more solid rounds of golf,” said Henderson.
“it seemed a little softer today and not quite as windy as I experienced (Wednesday), which was really nice. Other than five holes (Wednesday), I played awesome, so today, 18 holes were just a little bit more steady,” she said.
“I hit more fairways, hit more greens, just kind of played a little bit smarter and then, when I could, I tried to make something happen,” added Henderson, who tees off at 10:58 a.m. local time on Friday.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp will go at 9:14 a.m. after she shot a two-under 69 to move into a tie for 32nd at one under.
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