Henderson steals Ko’s thunder, weather delays Zurich

Second Round — LPGA Tour — Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic — Lake Merced Golf Club — San Francisco, California — 

Canada’s Brooke Henderson stole the show Friday in round two of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Henderson, 201st in the Rolex Rankings, fired a 7-under-65 to reach 9-under through 36 holes and secure the overnight lead heading into the week at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.

Henderson upstaged the World No. 1 Lydia Ko, who had the 18-hole lead and was celebrating her 18th birthday. Ko, the defending champion at the event, shot 72. Ko sits T-5 at 5-under four back.

At 9-under, Henderson is two shots clear of Na Yeon Choi, who is in solo second. Top 10 players Stacy Lewis and Shanshan Feng (both T-9 at the moment) are within striking distance.

After a hot start Thursday with a 68, Juli Inkster slipped back. She is 2-over through 16 holes in round two and now T-18. Inbee Park is even through two rounds and T-30. Michelle Wie (75-74) is T-70, while Paula Creamer struggled with rounds of 82-78.

 Other Golf news:

  • The PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended due to weather issues late Friday before round two play could be completed. Hudson Swafford and Boo Weekley are both 11-under and leading when play was stopped. Swafford has complete two rounds, while Weekley has two holes to finish. Jason Day headlines a group at 10-under with holes to finish up Saturday morning.
  • Tiger Woods committed to compete in THE PLAYERS Championship in two weeks. Woods has won the PGA Tour’s flagship event on two other occasions including the 2013 edition.
  • Frenchman Julien Quesne (8-under) is the overnight leader at the European Tour’s Volvo China Open in Shanghai. He leads fellow countryman and defending champion Alexander Levy and American Peter Uihlein by a shot.
  • Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson are both 7-under and T-21 when second round action resumes in New Orleans Saturday morning. Rickie Fowler (T-82) is currently in danger of missing the cut.