Apr 23rd, 2021
Jessica Korda in command at LA Open
American looking or wire-to-wire win at Wilshire Country Club
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After the first two rounds, hot on the heels of Korda are leading South Koreans world numbers one and three Jin Young Ko and Sei Young Kim. Ko matched Korda's 65 to sit three shots back on ten-under-par with Kim a further shot back after her 66.
“I mean, you're just plotting your way around the golf course and trying to be smart where we keep it,” said Korda, who set the 36-hole scoring record, the eighth time she has held or shared the 36-hole lead.
“I got above the hole on a couple of holes and they're not easy putts, so you can definitely get out of position really easily out here, so we've been pretty smart. My caddie Kyle and I are just trying to plot our way around, be maybe sometimes boring but play smart.”
Although an unfortunate bogey on the 17th prevented Ko from carding a bogey-free round, the seven-time LPGA Tour champion was happy given the mess she had made of the hole.
“I had a really great bogey, I think. When I was putting the ball, it was moving so I thought it's going to be a penalty so I was a little disappointed. I checked with rules after 18 and she then said, ‘No, you don't need to take a penalty so you're fine,’” said Ko who was relieved she avoided the double bogey.
“My mind was like, ‘Oh, my God, if a penalty I got double.’ But she said ‘no, you don't need to take,’ so, okay, good bogey.”
2020 VOA Classic champion, American Angela Stanford and Canadian nine-time LPGA Tour winner Brooke Henderson are tied fourth on eight-under-par. Tiffany Chan of Hong Kong sits alongside South Korea's So Yeon Ryu and Minjee Lee of Australia on seven-under-par.
England's Mel Reid shot a four-under-par 67 to sit on five-under in a share of thirteenth. Countrywomen Georgia Hall (66) and Charley Hull (72) are on two-under and level-par respectively.