Brooke Henderson stumbles late, keeps Meijer LPGA lead

Laura Christensen
June 19, 2017

"Two bogeys to finish, but that just gives me a little more motivation going into tomorrow".

Her successor, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69), was eight off the pace.

"My greens in regulation were a lot better than the last couple of years, which means I have a lot of chances to make a birdie, not par".

"Unfortunately, the two bogeys just came at the end and kind of put a damper on the round, but I'm still leading it looks like by two at this point", Henderson added.

"It was just a matter of staying patient", Thompson said of her key for Saturday. "There's like a million names within the top 10, so hopefully I can just get out front early and just keep it there".

Pace had two eagles and five birdies.

The 22-year old sits at 15-under par, one shot ahead of second-round leader Brooke Henderson of Canada, South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace and South Koreans Jenny Shin and Sung Hyun Park.

Thompson is chasing a 9th LPGA Tour title at the age of just 22 but having won and finished runner-up in two of her four starts since the debacle at Mission Hills she appears to have put the memory of that well and truly in the back of her mind.

Moriya, the sister of world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, is alone in fifth at nine-under 133, three shots back of Henderson.

China's Feng Shanshan, American Lexi Thompson and Henderson's Canadian counterpart Jennifer Ha are among six golfers tied for second after shooting 64. I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which (was) kind of a change from the past few weeks.

"I was looking at birdie nearly every hole, which is quite nice", Pace said.

But she struggled for consistency in the last four holes, finishing bogey-double bogey-birdie-par to drop down the leaderboard into a share of 14th place with four others.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko, world No. 2 after an 85-week run at the top, was tied for 14th at six under after a 71.

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