Brooke Henderson breaks out of the bunch to lead the North Texas Shootout at Irving in Texas.
Brooke shot a second round -6 under par 65 to grab the lead at the North Texas Shootout with a -8 under par total, and a one shot lead.
Brooke said the close finish last week has helped her game a lot;
“Last week, definitely helped out a lot, finishing third and having a chance to win on Sunday was a lot of fun.”
“I’m excited to be in the same position. Hopefully, it will just turn out a little better.”
Tied in second place are Juli Inkster and Inbee Park, both at -7 under par for the competition. Inbee returned a second round sore of -5 under par 66, while Juli settled for -2 under 69.
Inbee changed her putter, which had the desired result;
“If the putter doesn’t work, you’re just going to walk away with the pars.”
“Hopefully, this putter can stay in the bag a long time.”
“I think a couple birdies on the last two holes will definitely help going into the weekend, and I know how this golf course plays because I won here a couple years ago, so yeah, I mean, I’m still going to need to shoot a couple good rounds, but yeah, I feel like I’m in good shape.”
Juli had to change her statement from yesterday, when she declared,“I’m not really looking forward to winning.”
“I never said I’m not planning on it, I’m just not counting my chickens before they hatch.”
“I mean, I’ve got a lot of golf left and there’s a lot of great players out there, and everybody is kind of bunched up.”
“You know, they wanted a shootout, that’s probably what they’re going to get.”
“I three-putted the first hole and had a really; didn’t hit a very good iron in there and had a really long putt and it lipped out.”
“But you know what, I knew I was hitting the ball good and I knew I was hitting the ball good and I knew I was going to have a lot of opportunities, so I stayed patient and got a few birdies going, and then my round kind of turned around.”
Mi Hyang Lee, Hee Young Park, Lexi Thompson and Karine Icher are tied in fourth place at -6 under par.
Mi is full of confidence, coming from her win at the Mizuno a while back, and scoring a hole in one yesterday, which won her a new car, a Kia K900;
“After Mizuno I have a lot of confidence, so that’s changed my golf.”
“I didn’t change anything but just my mind is a little bit changed, so I more think positive and then more confident.”
World number one Lydia Ko recovered a little bit from yesterdays nightmare round, a bogey free -3 under par 68 at least helped her make the cut, and has now made 51 consecutive cuts on the LPGA. She was a little emotional about making the cut when heading into the back nine, still at +4 over par, because she had pledged to donate her earnings from this week’s tournament to the earthquake relief in Nepal.
“All day, I was thinking, you know, make some birdies for the kids in Nepal.”
“I was going to cry after my putt.”