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Oct 16th, 2021

Nelly Korda grabs the lead at Aramco Team Series

As Team Bronte Law hold a narrow lead entering the final day

A scintillating early morning 66 by Nelly Korda gave the world number one a one-shot lead heading into Saturday’s final day at the Aramco Team Series – New York.
Nelly Korda in command at Glen Oaks

The Olympic gold medalist sits top of the pile in the event’s individual scoring category at nine-under-par. Alison Lee – who bagged her first win as a professional in the Aramco Team Series’ Spain event in August – is alone in second, with fellow Americans Danielle Kang, Lindsey Weaver and Pia Babnik of Slovenia all one shot further back.
In the tournament’s pro-am team format, the British trio of Kelsey MacDonald (SCO), Amy Boulden (WAL), and captain Bronte Law (ENG) – playing with Jordan Ziegler, president at Glen Oaks Club, this week’s host course – followed Thursday’s opening fifteen-under total by going one better to lead on thirty-one-under with one round left to play.
Speaking after her round, Korda said: “I holed out on number four and that gave me a lot of confidence and I made a couple of birdies from there on in. I made a mistake hitting driver on 18 and had a bad lie, then I tried to be smart and couldn’t get out of the rough. I hit some solid wedge shots which I stuck close and had short birdie putts. Tomorrow I’ll go with the flow, stick to my game plan and see how it goes.”
Bronte Law's team lead going into the final round

She continued: “I like the event. It’s easygoing as you’re not just playing for yourself. It’s new but I enjoy it a lot. You get to bond with the girls you play with, which I enjoy a lot. The tension is a little lighter out there in a sense with the team format I guess – if you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter so much. It loosens you up and is fun.”
Asked what the key was to a second consecutive low-scoring performance in the ATS – NY’s team format, where the lion’s share of the tournament’s $1million prize-fund goes, Bronte Law responded: “Kelsey MacDonald! We know exactly the shot of the day as well: her putt on 16 – I’ve never seen a putt like it in my life. She played awesome today. As a team, we also gelled really well again today. When one of us wasn’t birdieing a hole, the other one was. We played really well and maybe we can go one better tomorrow.”
Advancing on MacDonald’s heroic birdie putt – which the Scot herself admitted would have finished 10ft past had it not found the hole – team-mate Amy Boulden explained: “It was at the back of the green, downhill, and so fast it’s almost impossible just to keep the ball on the green from there. Bronte and I were behind the pin watching it and just knew it was going in! It was incredible.”
9th tee at the Aramco Team Series - New York

Team Pace – Lee-Anne Pace (RSA), Christine Wolf (AUS), Karoline Lund (NOR) and amateur Michael Muenchow – sit one shot off the lead on thirty-under, with Day One leaders Team Strom – Linnea Strom (SWE), Jenny Haglund (SWE), Lucie Malchirand (FRA), amateur Cho Minn Thant – and Team Jessica Korda – the US world number nineteen, Karolin Lampert (GER), Lina Boqvist (SWE), and amateur Alexandra O’Laughlin – both on twenty-nine.
Jessica Korda and Lina Boqvist of Sweden

Jess Korda said: “Today was very much a team scramble. Early on we birdied the first four or five holes, with someone making a birdie on every other hole. Then we had a lot of clutch pars. It was a complete team effort. We have a good time together out there so tomorrow we’ll just try and keep it loose and see what happens.”
The Aramco Team Series – New York finishes Saturday at Glen Oaks Club, Long Island. Tickets are free, with fans simply having to register at www.aramcoteamseries.com to attend.

TAGS: Ladies European Tour, Aramco Team Series, New York, Nelly Korda, Bronte Law, 2021