Canadian Henderson leads by one at Texas shootout

Fri May 1, 2015 10:46pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Canadian Brooke Henderson seized her second consecutive 36-hole lead after shooting a six-under 65 at the LPGA North Texas Shootout on Friday.

The 17-year-old, who is not a member of the LPGA and had to qualify to make the field, moved to eight-under for the tournament and leads South Korea's world number two Park In-bee and 54-year-old Juli Inkster by one shot.

Henderson also charged to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds at last week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic before eventually finishing third.

"I hit it great all day and I was able to make a few putts," Henderson told reporters as she vies to become the first Monday qualifier since Laurel Kean in 2000 to win an LPGA event.

“I'm happy to be in the position that I am. I was in the same position last week and hopefully it will be a little better this week.”

Inkster is also in the running for the second straight week as she seeks her first win since 2006.

Four players are tied at six-under including Lexi Thompson heading into the weekend at the Los Colinas Country Club.

World number one Lydia Ko narrowly avoided missing her first LPGA cut after bouncing back from a four-over 75 in the opening round to fire a three-under 68.

At one-over for the tournament, she finished on the cut line.   Continued...

Brooke Henderson of Canada tees off on the 12th hole during the third round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic women's golf tournament at the Grey Silo course in Waterloo, June 7, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch