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Jessica Korda follows 64 with 65 at L.A. Open

Has any participant ever walked off the course after capturing rating and thought they couldn’t have gone decrease?

Jessica Korda shot 6-under 65 within the second spherical of the Hugel-Air Premia L.A. Open. There had been no bogeys on Thursday, however she felt there might have been a number of extra birdies.

“Well, it’s going to sound crazy, but I actually lipped out a good amount out there today, so it actually could have been lower,” she mentioned.

“Just had a little bit of a harder time with some speed today. Other than that, it’s just another good day.”

Another good day on the heels of a course-record 64 on Day 1. At 13 beneath par, she has a three-stroke lead over world No. 1 Jin Young Ko (65). Sei Young Kim (66) is a shot additional again at 9 beneath, with Brooke Henderson (65) and Angela Stanford (66) at 8 beneath.

Full-field scores from the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

Korda, 27, picked up her sixth profession LPGA win at the season-opening Tournament of Champions. She’s seeking to grow to be the primary two-time winner on tour this yr, one thing she hasn’t completed since 2014.

She’s known as her play this week “boring,” which suggests she’s been discovering fairways and hitting greens – 33 of 36 up to now this week. That’s led to 14 birdies and only one bogey.

“Honestly, I think I made more par saves [on Thursday] that stand out to me,” she mentioned, “making those 5-footers for par, and that’s kind of what counts and kept me in it.”

Highlights: HUGEL – Air Premia LA Open, Round 2

The lack of errors is the distinction between this week and final. She made 18 birdies and an eagle at the (*64*) Championship and nonetheless tied for 48th.

For that matter, she made 17 birdies at the ANA Inspiration and completed at 3 beneath par.

But there was just one sq. on her scorecard after 36 holes at Wilshire Country Club.

“Being able to make a lot of birdies helps. I know the last couple events I’ve made a lot of bogeys, as well, which has kind of killed my momentum a little bit, and that’s the only thing we’re trying to change a little bit is maybe play a little bit smarter and starting to get a little bit more consistent with my swing, which is really nice,” she mentioned.

“That’s really all it is. It’s just making some putts, and it’s been nice. I can’t complain, really.”

Korda’s sister, Nelly, was at 7 beneath par earlier than a bogey-par-triple bogey-bogey stretch on the again 9 despatched her to three beneath.

Last week’s winner, Lydia Ko, was 10 photographs higher in Round 2 than in Round 1, capturing 68. But, at 4 over par, she missed the lower. ANA champion Patty Tavatanakit (4 over) additionally missed the lower as did Michelle Wie West (5 over).

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