Brooke Henderson shot a bogey-free 5-under 68 at a windy Ocean Club Golf Course and will take a one-shot lead into Friday’s second round of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
The round was delayed, and eventually suspended, due to strong winds gusts with 12 players still on the course.
“Like, it was so crazy, you know, beginning of the week I thought it was going to be Friday through Sunday that was crazy wind,” said Henderson.
“I thought I was going to get a break today, and I thought I was going to be in the good wave in the afternoon today and in the morning tomorrow, but I guess it’s going to keep getting stronger every day, so just try and go out and do what I did today, but I think that will be tough to repeat.”
Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith and Spaniard Luna Sobron Galmes were tied for second at 4 under.
A logjam of seven players sit T4 at 3-under par, headlined World No. 1 Shanshan Feng of China, and American Danielle Kang, one of last season’s major winners (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship).
Israeli Laetitia Beck, along with American Jaye Marie Green and Carlota Ciganda of Spain, round out the top 10 at 2 under.
1 Brooke Henderson -5
2 Sarah Jane Smith -4
2 Luna Sobron Galmes -4
4 Maria Torres -3
4 Katherine Kirk -3
4 Shanshan Feng -3
4 Paula Reto -3
4 Lindsey Weaver -3
4 Danielle Kang -3
10 Laetitia Beck -2
10 Jaye Marie Green -2
10 Carlota Ciganda -2
SHOT OF THE DAY
Michelle Wie with a hole-out eagle on the par-5 11th. That backspin!
You know, Britt and I, we did a really good job of hitting balls pin-high, and I don’t know how we did it. It’s hard to judge wind sometimes, but I feel like we calculated everything really well.”
– Brooke Henderson, on playing in the strong wind.
Credits: LPGA Tour Communications, Getty Images