The 20 year old superstar added a second round 66 to her opening 68 to lead over former Women’s British Open Champion Mo Martin and current world number one Shanshan Feng.
Last October Henderson won the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open in some of the most demanding conditions possible to secure her fifth LPGA Tour title and with the conditions expected to worsen over the weekend at Ko Olina Golf Club, then her skills in handling gusty winds will be needed.
She will also need to be at her best however as not only is Feng breathing down her neck but so too are recent ANA Inspiration champion Pernilla Lindberg and Inbee Park who each sit four shots off the pace and tied for 4th.
Hannah Green leads the Australians in a share of 24th place after consecutive rounds of 72 have her at even par.
Minjee Lee looked to comfortably hold the mantle of leading Australian at the halfway stage before a disastrous triple bogey at her final hole of the day to complete a round of 75 saw her slip from her overnight 11th to 32nd.
Of the other Australians, LPGA Tour rookie Rebecca Artis made her second cut in four LPGA Tour starts in 2018 when she added a second consecutive 73 to be tied for 48th while Katherine Kirk made the cut on the number at 3 over.
SIGNATURE HOLES: 14TH EAST AT THE GRANGE (SA)
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