Candie Kung, who tied for second at last week’s Portland Classic, is giving every indication she might go one step better at this week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Vancouver Golf Club, where she tied a course record with a bogey-free, eight-under 64 on Friday.
After six birdies and an eagle on Friday, Kung goes into the weekend at 11 under, two up on Lydia Ko and Karine Icher.
“I just went out there, played one shot at a tie, and I knew that I was putting pretty good. I missed a few out there from about 10 feet. I was hitting them pretty close all day and then made some key putts coming in,” said Kung.
Ko remains in the hunt for her third title in Canada and her second at the Vancouver Golf Club. On Friday, she birdied 18 to complete a bogey-free, four-under 68 that left her at nine under and tied with first round leader Karine Icher, who shot a 70.
“I got maybe in trouble a couple times, but then, I was able to recover well from there. I didn’t really have that many really, really tough positions, but you know, it’s good and it’s definitely good to finish well on the 18th today,” said Ko.
The top Canadian at the midway point of the tournament is Hamilton’s Alena Sharp, who shot an even par 72 on Friday and goes into the weekend at one under.
“I haven’t made the cut at the Canadian Open, I think, since 2009, so it’s been a long time. I played well the last two days, left some shots out there, but I have lots to look forward to on the weekend,” said Sharp, who tied for 10th in Portland last week.
“Definitely, I have more confidence. It’s been building over the months, so it’s nice to have more high confidence coming into this event than I have had in a long time. I’m happy about that,” she said.
The winner of last week’s Portland Classic struggled in Friday’s second round and finished with a three-over 75 as 17-year-old Brooke Henderson was four over when she got her first bogey on her 13th hole of the day. She bogeyed the next hole, then added another birdie to make the cut on the number.
“I just mis-hit some shots. Other than that, it could have been good. I par the first hole, made that four-footer and then I birdied No. 13, which I only had, again, four feet,” said Henderson.
“You know, it could have been a different story, but like I said, I hung in there and really played well on the back nine,” she said.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is tied for 58th along with Henderson at one over after two rounds, leaving three Canadians in the field for the weekend.
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