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.
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.”
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).