CP Canadian Women's Open

Henderson Three Shots Back After Round 2

CP Canadian Women's Open

Steve Kopp

There is a new leader after round two of the 2019 CP Canadian Women’s Open along with a familiar face lurking just three shots back.

Denmark’s Nicole Broche Larsen shot her second consecutive 6-under par 66 on another beautiful, cool and breezy day to sit at 12-under par for the two rounds.  That is good for a one-shot lead over world number one Jin Young Ko of Korea who shot a 5-under par 67 and is 11-under for the tournament.  

Sitting two shots back are three players, including Canada’s Brooke Henderson.  Henderson posted her second consecutive bogey-free round with a 69 and sits at 9-under for the first two days.  That ties her with Yu Liu of China (67 on Friday) and Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukan (69 on Friday) for third place.

As usual, Henderson had by far the biggest galleries of the day.  Although she did not score as well as she did in round one, Henderson was quite happy with her round.

“No bogeys is always great, so that’s a good feeling,” said Henderson to the usual throng of media after she signed her scorecard.  “I feel like I played pretty solid. Maybe not quite as easy as yesterday. Not as many birdies (three in total), not as many good looks, but I still played pretty simple.  I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and made it pretty easy on myself.”

As for Larsen, she has had an up and down season in 2019, which is her third on the LPGA tour.  She has made eight cuts in her 15 tournaments this year but has been playing better of late. She is no stranger to playing well at the CP Canadian Women’s open.  Back in 2017 at the Ottawa Hunt Club, she actually led after three rounds before ultimately finishing third. For Larsen, she is just trying to play loosely this week.

“I’m just trying to play as free as possible (in) these last few events,” said Larsen after her round.  “Pretty similar to yesterday. I probably hit a couple more bad shots today but got away with them. On the other hand, I made a couple of really nice putts.  Again today I played the par 5’s really well. I birdied all of them. I see myself as a long hitter and par 5’s are where I want to make a lot of birdies.” So far she has birdied seven of the eight par 5’s that she has played during her first two rounds.

Another solid round was turned in by the player who is currently ranked the number one female player in the world.  Jin Young Ko had five birdies and no bogeys on the day, her second straight bogey-free round. Although it will not happen in round three on Saturday, she certainly would not mind being paired with Henderson on Sunday.

“I had a great round the first two days.  I had great putting and great shots on the front nine and back nine too, so I was happy.  I like Brooke. Hopefully, she like me too. We have a great relationship on the tour. She helped me a lot (when Ko joined the tour earlier this year).  I like her.”

Only one other Canadian will be playing on the weekend.  Anne-Catherine Tanguay started the day just one back of the leader and tied for second with Henderson and three others.  She got it to 7-under after three holes, then the roof sort of caved in. She went bogey-double bogey-double bogey on her next three holes and all of sudden, she had lost five shots.  

But she was able to right the ship so to speak by making birdies on holes 9, 15 and 16 before a bad tee shot on 18 led to a bogey, as she just missed her par putt by inches.  She ended up with a 74 on the day which leaves her tied for 25th at 4-under par going into the weekend.

“It was pretty rough to start, but I’m really happy with my comeback,” said Tanguay after she finished her round.  “Honestly, I did not feel bad at all this morning. I was feeling great, even better than yesterday I want to say.  So it was a bit shocking to me to make these mistakes early in the round. But I think I was just lacking a little bit of commitment on my decisions”. 

One other round that is worth mentioning belongs to American Britanny Altamore.  She was 8-under par on the day after 14 holes after making eagles on the 12th and 14th holes, holing a 67-yard fairway shot on 12 and holing a shot from a greenside bunker on 14.  But a poor tee shot and a bad decision on her second shot on the par-five 17th hole led to a double bogey and a round of 66 (tied for the lowest of the day).  She is currently at 7-under overall, tied for 7th.

As mentioned, only two of the 15 Canadians made the cut.  Alena Sharp of Hamilton was the closest. She birdied her final hole to finish the tournament at even par.  However the cut ended up being 1-under par (met by 73 players), so she will not be playing the weekend. 

London’s Maggie Szeryk shot an even-par 72 on Friday, mixing three birdies with three bogeys.  However, her overall total of 6-over par meant that she missed the cut.

And as was the case during Thursday’s first round, one of the bigger galleries of the day was for Michelle Liu, the 12-year old amateur from Vancouver.  She shot an 82 on Friday and finished well back at 19 over par. But she wowed the spectators and the media with her poise and spunk during the week, and she leaves for home with some great memories and the hope that she can make it back to the Canadian Women’s open someday.