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Henderson makes cut again

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She's done it again.

Brooke Henderson fired a scorching 5-under 66 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, in Waterloo, to make the cut heading into weekend play.

The round, combined with her 1-under 70 on Thursday, placed Henderson at 6-under for the tournament, easily staying above the cutline of 3-under.

She sits in 24th place heading into Saturday's third round. Henderson was also the top Canadian through the opening two rounds, sitting one stroke ahead of Lori Kane of Charlottetown and Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont.

Henderson fired six birdies, including fours on both par-5s, to go along with 11 pars.

The second round looked like it could get tough for the 15-year-old Smiths Falls native when she bogeyed the par-4 second hole to fall to even par on the tourney.

But Henderson quickly erased her miscue, birdieing the par-3 third hole and playing bogey-free golf the rest of the way.

Henderson sat 5-under heading into the 18th hole, which she birdied to move up to 6-under and a temporary share of 20th place.

She also birdied the par-5 sixth hole, the par-4 14th and the par-4 16th.

The lone amateur in the tournament, Henderson displayed considerable precision throughout the round, hitting 13 of 14 fairways and driving the ball an average of 266 years off the tee (almost identical to her 267 in the opening round).

She needed a total of 29 putts, versus 31 in round one and once again hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

Through two rounds, Henderson has hit 24 of 28 fairways, used a total of 60 putts, and hit 28 of 36 greens in regulation.

Two weeks ago, Henderson made the cut at the U.S. Women's Open in Southampton, N.Y., where she started the tournament with a 1-under 71 playing her first-ever major.

She also holds the distinction of being the youngest-ever participant in the Canadian Women's Open Championship, which she accomplished in 2012 at the age of 14 years, 11 months and 13 days.

Henderson was scheduled to tee off her third round in Waterloo today (Saturday) at 11:25 a.m.

brock.sports@sunmedia.ca

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