Jessica Korda began her third spherical of the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open on Friday with three consecutive birdies, stretching her three-shot result in six.
It began to appear like a runaway within the making.
But then Jin Young Ko bought it going and after she made a birdie on 13, she had the lead and would later go up two.
Ko had 4 bogeys on her Friday scorecard, together with on the 18th gap, however she recorded 9 birdies at Wilshire Country Club close to downtown Los Angeles to place herself into place to win for the primary time for the reason that 2020 CME Group Tour Championship, an occasion the No. 1-ranked participant on the planet certified for after simply three begins.
Korda, in the meantime, is in search of her seventh LPGA victory and second this season after opening the yr with a win at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January.
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Korda rallied with three birdies on her final 4 holes, together with the ultimate two, to shoot a 68 to get to 16 beneath. She’s up one on Ko, who shot a 66 and is at 15 beneath.
Brooke Henderson birdied Nos. 15, 16 and 17 and had a six-footer for one more one on the final however missed. Nonetheless, she is in solo third at 12 beneath. Angela Stanford shot a 68 Friday and is in solo fourth at 11 beneath. So Yeon Ryu and Hannah Green are tied for fifth.
Morgan Pressel matched Ko’s low spherical of 66 on Friday. Pressel birdied 4 out of 5 holes down the stretch earlier than making her lone bogey on the 18th. Still, she is tied for seventh with Tiffany Chan heading to the ultimate spherical.
The LA Open began Wednesday; the 72-hole occasion will conclude with the ultimate spherical on Saturday. The LPGA has tournaments on consecutive weeks in Singapore and Thailand beginning subsequent week.