Evian Championship 2022: Brooke Henderson Holds 3-Stroke Lead After Round 2

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 22, 2022

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Brooke Henderson has been the picture of consistency. That, and dominance.

Henderson shot her second straight seven-under 64 on Friday, moving to a three-stroke lead over Nelly Korda after the second round of the Evian Championship at France's Evian Resort Golf Club.

She also made some history:


64-64 🔥<a href="https://twitter.com/BrookeHenderson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrookeHenderson</a> is the first player in LPGA history to begin any major tournament with back-to-back rounds of 64 or lower. <br><br>Insights by <a href="https://twitter.com/KPMGGolf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KPMGGolf</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LPGAStats?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LPGAStats</a> <a href="https://t.co/0e4qBvqvuG">pic.twitter.com/0e4qBvqvuG</a>

Henderson was having a solid enough day on the front nine, with three birdies and a bogey. But she was superb down the stretch, finishing with five birdies on the back nine, including three straight to close out the day.

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

.<a href="https://twitter.com/BrookeHenderson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrookeHenderson</a> is BACK as the solo leader.<br><br>📺 Golf Channel and <a href="https://twitter.com/peacockTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@peacockTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZGCyZG0ZUU">pic.twitter.com/ZGCyZG0ZUU</a>

TaylorMade Golf @TaylorMadeGolf

Birdie-birdie-birdie. 💥<a href="https://twitter.com/BrookeHenderson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrookeHenderson</a> (-14) birdies her final three holes to take a 3-shot lead at the Evian! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TP5x?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TP5x</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LoveIt?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LoveIt</a> <a href="https://t.co/swWe84r8JM">pic.twitter.com/swWe84r8JM</a>

So what has been Henderson's secret after such a strong start?

"I've been having a lot of crepes in France," she told reporters with a smile. "To keep the momentum going, I'd better have some more."

Golf Central @GolfCentral

Brooke Henderson is tied at the top with Nelly Korda after this brilliant approach at the <a href="https://twitter.com/EvianChamp?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EvianChamp</a>. <br> <a href="https://t.co/iOcm9DxAdV">pic.twitter.com/iOcm9DxAdV</a>

Henderson's history at the majors hasn't always been so smooth, with her lone triumph coming at the 2016 Women's PGA Championship. Rarely has she started so well.

"It feels really nice to get off to a fast start in a major championship," she told reporters. "It's been a while since I've been able to do that. To get it this far under par is really awesome and I feel like I'm hitting the ball really well, which is nice, and making some putts."

Chantel McCabe @chantel_mccabe

Brooke Henderson has 2 top-10 finishes at the Evian.<br><br>Her last (and only) major of her 11 wins was the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA.<br><br>She shot a pair of 64s to lead, heading into the weekend.

Another superb round helped her catch Korda, last year's PGA Championship winner who started in the morning session and shot a four-under 67. That left Henderson four strokes behind her when she hit the course, though she was able to make up that ground and then some.

Meanwhile, Ayaka Furue—who came into the second round with a one-stroke lead over Henderson and Korda after shooting a brilliant 63 on Thursday—fell all the way to a tie for 11th after struggling on Friday, posting a two-over 73.

Sei Young Kim and So Yeon Ryu finished the day tied for third (-9), while six players were bunched in a tie for fifth (-8).


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