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Brooke Henderson's great start to 2019

Henderson holds two shot lead (Photo: Henry Peters )
Brooke Henderson has made an immediate impact on the 2019 LPGA Tour by snatching a two-shot lead at the halfway mark of the inaugural and season opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions at Lake Buena Vista in Florida.

Henderson leads over Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Eun-Hee Ji, adding a bogey free second round of 67 to her opening 65 as she chases her 8th LPGA Tour title.

"Overall, I'm really happy to be in double digits after two rounds,” said The Canadian referring to this being the first event of the season.

“That's pretty cool, minus 10. So I feel like there's not too much wrong, but just maybe a little bit of inconsistency, just here and there. Some putts I wasn't hitting them quite as well as I would have liked.

“When I went home to Canada, it was only two weeks, but I was completely off there. And most of the other time, I was trying to play every couple days, which was good. I feel like it was a good mix of rest and still practice for this year."

The event is being played in a pro-am format where celebrities and sports stars make up half the field and Henderson is enjoying the experience of playing an event of this style.

“You know what, it's really cool because you can have a lot of fun out there. You can talk with your celebrities a little bit more. It's a little bit more relaxed. The fans, you're interacting with them a little bit more, which is fun for me.

"Sometimes when you step up to hit a tee shot or you step up to make a putt, you're like, oh, this actually does mean something. It's not like just in a (normal) Pro-Am where, if this goes in, it's great. It's sort of like, I need this one. So, it's just a constant reminder of remembering to stay focused and stay in it.”

Another of the pre-tournament favourites, Lexi Thompson, remains very much in contention at 6 under and four off Henderson’s lead.

Katherine Kirk is the only Australian in the field restricted to winners over the past two years and she is in 23rd place in the 26 player field after rounds of 73 and 72.


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