Brooke Henderson eagled the 17th hollow on methods to a five-under par 66 on Friday to percentage the LPGA Match of Champions midway lead with Park In-bee, who posted a bogey-free 68.
With windy climate making for difficult prerequisites at the par-71 4 Seasons path in Orlando, Florida, South Korea’s Park remained and not using a bogey over the primary two rounds.
She used to be tied on nine-under par 133 with Henderson, who rolled in an extended birdie putt at 16 then neglected an albatross through inches on the 17th — the place she settled for eagle sooner than a ultimate bogey.
The main duo had been a stroke in entrance of Mexico’s Gaby Lopez, who shook off two early bogeys and capped her two-under 69 with back-to-back birdies.
“I used to be type of lucky going out early the wind actually wasn’t there till my 7th hollow,” Henderson mentioned. “As soon as it began to pick out up, it used to be a actually other golfing path.
“I simply attempted to play sensible, hit it at the top aspect of the golf green and gave myself some actually just right birdie appears to be like,” she added. “I were given actually lucky there with the lengthy putt at 16 and that brief eagle on 17, which used to be beautiful a laugh.
“Off the tee I knew it used to be downwind so I knew it used to be a just right alternative to hit it in two. With the pin on the again I knew so long as I carried the entrance then it will most certainly run proper up there.”
Park, the protecting Olympic champion who is attempting to upward thrust within the scores through June with a purpose to qualify for South Korea’s 2020 Tokyo Olympic workforce, admitted she used to be taken through marvel because the wind picked up.
“It began out being so calm the day prior to this, I used to be anticipating identical prerequisites,” she mentioned. “It used to be actually other (however) I used to be ready to make a couple of up and downs available in the market.
“I had no bogeys so I am actually pleased with the spherical. It used to be a laugh as of late.”
Park, in search of her 20th occupation identify because the 2020 LPGA season kicks off, mentioned her sport plan for the weekend can be easy.
“No bogeys can be actually, actually great, I want I may just stay that going,” she mentioned, “simply going to check out to hit numerous vegetables right here and provides myself numerous alternatives.”
South Korea’s Kim Sei-young, who closed 2019 with a victory value $1.five million within the Excursion Championship, used to be in a gaggle sharing fourth position on 135.
Kim, France’s Celine Boutier and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka all carded 69s for 135.
In a single day chief Danielle Kang used to be a stroke again on 136 after a two-over par 73 — 10 pictures worse than her opening 63 on Thursday.