Brooke Henderson lurks off lead at Pure Silk Championship


Bronte Law chipped in for eagle on the par-5 third hole and shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the Pure Silk Championship with Anna Nordqvist and Jennifer Song.

Law added a birdie on the par-4 seventh — the Englishwoman’s 16th hole in a bogey-free round at windy Kingsmill Resort.

“Started finding myself with a good score. Nothing more to it,” Law said. “On days like this when it’s windy just got to keep grinding all day, take the chances when they come.”

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., was a stroke back with Katherine Perry, Jacqui Concolino, Gemma Dryburgh and Jasmine Suwannapura.

“I don’t know if the wind was supposed to stay like this the rest of the week, but it makes the course a lot tougher,” Henderson said.

Song birdied all three par 5s in her bogey-free round in the final event before the U.S. Women’s Open next week at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.

“It was a bogey-free round, so I was extremely happy about that,” Song said. “Course conditions are great. Greens are firm and pretty much everything was going well. I was driving it well and I was getting it on the green. When I had a chance for birdie, I think I pretty much made all of them.”

Nordqvist rallied after bogeying No. 3. The Swede birdied Nos. 7, 9 and 10 and 13-16.

“I feel like I’ve played a lot of good — well, can’t say good golf — but I feel like I play a lot solid golf,” Nordqvist said. “Just haven’t really got anything out of it. Today was very consistent, solid, and didn’t make any big mistakes.”

Brittany Lincicome opened with a 68 in her final event of the season as she prepares for the birth of a daughter in early September.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn and top-ranked Jin Young Ko each shot 71.



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