Dec 5th, 2020
Three share top spot at Volunteers of America Classic
Nordqvist leads European challenge after Hull drops back
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One of the youngest players on Tour, 19-year-old rookie Noh shot the lowest round of the day 66 which included six birdies and one bogey. Last of the trio tied at the top is five-time LPGA Tour winner Korda, who raced to four-under at the turn but struggled slightly coming home with a level par back nine.
"I'm excited that I played really solid today and that it was a little bit warmer today than yesterday," said Nordqvist, who co-leads after 36-holes for the second time in 2020.
"There was a lot of tough pin placements out there and I felt like they did a really good job of putting them on top of crests and stuff like that. I feel like we managed the game good and I'm very happy."
"I think I made four in a row on making the turn too," said Noh of her birdie opportunities.
"So, let's see, it was 8, 9, 10, 11, and then I made a good par save on the front nine. On number 4 I hit in the fairway bunker, had to lay up and hit a wedge close in, saved par, so I didn't mess up my streak, but it was good. I hit it close today, I hit a lot close and made the putts, so that was nice."
"Just get really good at six footers. It was tough. Front nine pins, they were pretty gettable. Back nine pins, it was just defense all day. It didn't matter where I put myself." said Korda.
"Honestly, I was trying to attack it at different angles. I'm happy with my ball striking. I don't know what else I could have done, I really don't."
American Lindsey Weaver sits in solo fourth at -3 after a second-round 68. Five players, including 2013 and 2015 VOA Classic champion Inbee Park, Rolex Ranking No. 1 Jin Young Ko, major champion Angela Stanford, 2020 Rolex First-Time Winner Madelene Sagstrom and Pornanong Phatlum are tied for fifth.
Four players round out the top 10 at –1 including Texas resident and #LPGAMom, Brittany Lang.
England's Charley Hull, the overnight leader, struggled on day two falling back into a share of fourteenth on level par after a three-over-par 74 on Friday.
Seventy-seven players made the cut mark of eight-over. Mirim Lee and Cristie Kerr both withdrew due to injury.