Brooke Henderson remains in contention at women's PGA Championship
Canadian golfer tied for 8th, but just 2 shots off the lead heading into weekend
Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ont., shot 69 in the second round on Friday and is in a group tied for 8th at the KPMG women's PGA Championship in Olympia Fields, Ill.
Henderson, the defending champion, followed up her 3-under-par 68 in the first round and will head into the weekend two shots off the lead.
Meanwhile, Danielle Kang, who won back-to-back majors as an amateur but has never cracked the winner's circle in her half-dozen years as a pro, took a step in the right direction.
The 24-year-old grabbed a share of the lead at 7 under. Her biggest hurdle could well be co-leader Sei Young Kim, the LPGA Tour's 2015 Rookie of the Year and already a six-time winner.
Kang and Kim each shot 66.
First-round leader Amy Yang (71), Chella Choi (70), Brittany Lincicome (66), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (66) and Mi Hyang Lee (67) were another stroke back in a tie for third.
So Yeon Ryu (68), who climbed to No. 1 in the world ranking after a victory last week and won the LPGA Tour's first major of the season, was at 5 under along with Henderson, Moriya Jutanugarn (68) and Sarah Jane Smith (67).
Lydia Ko shot 68 to put herself back in contention at 4 under.
Kang, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion in 2010-11, conceded she didn't have a game plan after her last practice round at Olympia Fields Country Club, one of several venues that previously hosted men's majors now being tested by the women.
With files from CBC Sports