OCALA, Fla. — Nelly Korda did not miss a beat 4 days after her first LPGA Tour title on U.S. soil, outplaying her sister and the enviornment’s No. 1 participant for a 5-below 67 to half the lead on the Drive On Championship.
Frail NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho managed a 67 regardless of enjoying loads of the wait on 9 with a migraine that blurs her imaginative and prescient. Austin Ernst moreover had a 67 at Golden Ocala.
The third-ranked Korda was part of a featured group that carried out early before the cool morning yielded to heat sunshine. She carried out alongside her older sister, Jessica, who had a 69; and Jin Youthful Ko, the No. 1 participant in females’s golf who had a 75.
Or not it is a small pattern measurement, nevertheless this has been the 12 months of the Kordas.
Jessica Korda obtained a playoff to originate the LPGA season on the Diamond Inns Match of Champions. Nelly Korda had a 3-shot victory closing week inside the Gainbridge LPGA at Lake Nona.
“Nelly and I had been speaking about being in a fish bowl this present day,” Jessica Korda talked about.
Since profitable at Lake Nona – her fourth career victory and first residence title – Nelly Korda did a small laundry, took it straightforward with 9-gap phrase rounds at Golden Ocala, tightened up her swing and it was respect nothing had modified.
Amongst her 5 birdies, she chipped in from 50 toes from the tough under the tenth inexperienced and down a ridge.
Jessica Korda had six birdies, nevertheless she wanted to rally after taking a double bogey on the par-3 eleventh hole that left her 2 over for the spherical. She closed with 4 birdies over the closing seven holes.
There is not any such factor as a sibling opponents with these two, and no bragging rights, both.
“I include or not it is actual enjoyable for us,” Nelly Korda talked about. “We have pretty heaps of enjoyable obtainable inside the market.”
It wasn’t as noteworthy enjoyable for Ko after she opened with a birdie. She shot 40 on the wait on 9 and wound up alongside along with her most affordable seemingly originate on the LPGA Tour since a 77 at Hazeltine inside the 2019 KPMG Women people’s PGA Championship.
Golden Ocala is infamous for having reproduction holes from infamous capabilities, three of them from Augusta Nationwide and two from the Historic Route at St. Andrews.
Kupcho, alongside alongside along with her NCAA title at Wake Forest, captured the inaugural Augusta Nationwide Women people’s Novice in 2019 with a wait on-9 mark. That day on the home of the Masters integrated her having to salvage by technique of one in every of her migraines, whereby her imaginative and prescient suffers.
Thursday was not noteworthy pretty a few.
“Actually, about on 14 I used to be able to salvage off the golf course,” Kupcho talked about.
By then, she had already performed passable acceptable. Kupcho ran off 4 straight birdies, two quick putts on the par 5s on the doorway 9 sandwiched spherical a 10-footer on No. 6, and her closing birdie was on the thirteenth.
She talked about she had three migraines for the size of the offseason and by no means is aware of when one is coming. This one began as she was over a shot early on the wait on 9.
“Even acceptable now, or not it is for certain blurry,” Kupcho talked about. “I will likely be succesful to not for certain ogle one factor else over to the left. So, yeah, or not it is indubitably for certain laborious. I pretty noteworthy actual leaned a lot on my caddie and actual trusted him and tried to current the best that I will likely be succesful to even.”
Ernst obtained off to a tough originate and was 2 over by technique of 4 holes after wait on-to-wait on bogeys. She made seven birdies the remainder of the strategy by which and shot 31 on the wait on 9.
Jing Yan of China and Jaye Marie Inexperienced shot 68, and Lydia Ko was inside the group at 69 with Jessica Korda.
2nd-ranked Sei Youthful Kim and No. 5 Danielle Kang shot 72. Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson opened with 74s.