Kaufman moves up in Meijer LPGA Classic

Taylor Byrd
June 19, 2017

Brooke Henderson bogeyed the final two holes for a 4-under 67, leaving the 19-year-old Canadian with a two-stroke lead Friday in the Meijer LPGA Classic.

The Smiths Falls, Ont., native was the leader after each of the first two rounds but had a 67 in the third to drop into a tie for second with Lee-Anne Pace (61), Sung Hyun Park (62) and Jenny Shin (63) at 14 under.

Seven golfers, meanwhile, are one shot further back at 10-under, just five shots back of the lead.

She could have had a bigger lead but ended Friday's round with back-to-back bogeys to reach a 12-under 130 total, setting the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament's 36-hole record.

"It's great to see my name up there (on the top of the leaderboard)", said Henderson of Ottawa, Ontario. "But this week seems to be a turnaround week, and hopefully I can just finish strong the next two days".

Thompson won the Kingsmill Championship last month in Virginia for her eighth LPGA Tour title after losing the ANA Inspiration in a playoff after being penalized four strokes for a rules violation reported by a television viewer.

"I had a really good feeling and made a lot of birdies, a lot of putts".

Moriya Jutanugarn, Ariya Jutanugarn's older sister, is fifth at nine under after a 66. "I feel comfortable. I played here previous year and I'm excited for the weekend". I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which is kind of a change from the last few weeks.

But the new world No.1 has had a slow start in MI, carding back-to-back rounds of two-under 69 to share 30th place with 11 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.

Lexi Thompson shot a 64 on the Blythefield layout reduced to a par of 69 because of flooding, giving her a one-stroke lead.

Kim had her second 70 to make the cut on the number.

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