Brooke Henderson makes front-nine charge on moving day
NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA – Past KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Brooke Henderson is putting the ‘move’ in ‘moving day’ at Aronimink Golf Club.
The nine-time LPGA Tour winner, who captured the 2016 Championship for her first major title, shot a 4-under-par 31 Saturday on her front nine to move to three shots back of 36-hole leader Sei Young Kim, who was 7-under early after a hot start of her own.
Henderson was 4-under for the Championship through her first nine holes.
Henderson preached patience after her second-round 69, and now it seems like the patience is paying off. While she took a slow-and-steady approach to Aronimink’s difficult conditions, the hearty Canadian charged up the leaderboard early Saturday.
“I feel like I keep saying it, but just patience and just trust that the plan is working and hopefully just make a few more birdies tomorrow,” Henderson said after her second round.
Seems like that plan is coming to fruition so far as Henderson, who is the winningest Canadian in history on the LPGA Tour (and PGA Tour), made birdies on No’s 2, 4, 6, and 9 at Aronimink.
The 23-year-old wasn’t the only one making a Saturday charge with low scores at a premium.
Three-time KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Inbee Park made the turn at 2-under for the day. A winner already on the LPGA Tour this season, Park is looking to join Mickey Wright as the only four-time winners of the Championship in its history.
2020 LPGA Tour rookie – and the Tour’s longest hitter – Bianca Pagdanganan fired a 3-under-par 32 on her front nine to move into red figures for the championship and into the top-10. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is Pagdanganan’s first major.
Charley Hull, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, and Mina Harigae were also under-par as they made the turn. The trio has all jumped into the top-10 after making double-digit jumps up the leaderboard.