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Jessica Korda leads M. Jutanugarn, sister Nelly at Hugel-Air Premia L.A. Open

Jessica Korda birdied three of her closing 4 holes within the opening spherical to seize the lead at the Hugel-Air Premia L.A. Open.

Korda shot 7-under 64, one decrease than Moriya Jutanugarn, who had an much more spectacular end on Wednesday, and Tiffany Chan. Nelly Korda, Austin Ernst, Carlota Ciganda, Sue Oh and Dana Finkelstein all shot 66.

Jutanugarn double bogeyed her second gap, bogeyed two of her subsequent three and was 4 over par by her first 5 holes at Wilshire Country Club. She performed her closing 13 holes in 10 beneath for a 6-under 65.

Starting on the again 9, Jutanugarn birdied her closing 4 holes earlier than the flip after which shot 6-under 29 coming in.

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

“I mean, I don’t realize until I sign the scorecard I shot 29 on the backside today,” Jutnaugarn stated. “It was pretty fun.”

This occasion, in 2018, is the location of Jutanugarn’s lone LPGA Tour victory. Jessica Korda, in the meantime, is seeking win No. 2 on the 12 months, having claimed the season-opening Tournament of Champions. The elder Korda sister had eight birdies and one bogey in Round 1, tying the course document.

It was her first full 18 holes of the week. The 28-year-old stated she took a “horrible red-eye” flight from Hawaii and, “was out for about two days, honestly. It was awful. I felt like I got hit by a train. Not great. Too old for red-eyes. That’s another thing I learned.”

She solely obtained in 9 follow holes however stated that she and Nelly performed the course between the ANA and final week’s Lotte Championship.

The youthful Korda wasn’t fairly as flawless on Wednesday, however was equally spectacular. Nelly had six birdies, three bogeys and an eagle-2 at the par-4 sixteenth.

“I had a pitching wedge in and I just hit it really good. Never left the flag,” she stated. “One-hopped and I guess it rolled in. Didn’t even see it because that green is a bit undulated. So thankfully the group in front of us started clapping, so that was cool. I was like, Oh, cool.”

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Nelly Korda and Ernst, like Jessica Korda, have already got victories on their resumes this 12 months. Nelly gained the week after Big Sis at the Gainbridge LPGA. Ernst gained LPGA Drive On Championship the week thereafter.

One week after breaking a three-year winless drought, Lydia Ko shot 7-over 78. She had one birdie, in comparison with 4 bogeys and two doubles. Patty Tavatanakit, taking part in alongside Ko and competing for the primary time since profitable the ANA Inspiration for her maiden LPGA title, shot 75.

Other notables embrace main champs Sophia Popov, Sei Young Kim, A Lim Kim and Jin Young Ko at 4 beneath. Former UCLA Bruin Alison Lee, who eagled the ultimate gap of a Monday qualifier to get into the sphere, additionally shot 67. Inbee Park was a shot additional again, following a 68. Michelle Wie West and Lexi Thompson shot 1-under 70s.

The 72-hole match concludes on Saturday. Rounds 2 and three could be seen on Golf Channel, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Final-round protection begins at 6 p.m. ET. Get an early begin on the second and third rounds by clicking the hyperlinks for stay streams, beginning every evening at 6 p.m. ET.

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