Hometown favorite Nelly Korda shot a 3 below 68 with an eagle-birdie end Saturday to take a four-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of the LPGA Drive On Championship
Attempting to finish a wire-to-wire victory at Bradenton Nation Membership, Korda rebounded with the late flurry, after making consecutive bogeys on the seventh and eighth, to maneuver onto 13 below total.
Match of Champions winner Lydia Ko was tied for second, after a spherical of 69, at 9 below together with Megan Khang (66) and Ayaka Furue (69).
“I am really type of taken again with how a lot help I have been getting this week,” mentioned Korda.
“Being in Florida I at all times get plenty of help, however hometown, it is loopy. I used to be born simply within the hospital simply down the highway from right here. It has been good seeing family and friends come out, feeling the help.
“It is a confidence enhance understanding I can climb up the leaderboard and contend and keep in rivalry. Positively did not have the good begin at the moment.”
With Saturday’s efficiency, the 25-year-old Korda is eighteen holes away from her first victory on the LPGA Tour since November of 2022, when she gained the Pelican Girls’s Championship.
Tied in fifth at 5 photographs behind Korda is Xiyu Lin, Sei Younger Kim, Robyn Choi and Auston Kim, who secured the bottom spherical with seven-under 64 to skyrocket 35 spots up the leaderboard.
Kim collected three birdies and an eagle over her closing 5 holes. She completed with six birdies for her spherical, logging only one bogey – on the par three ninth.
“It was a little bit of a blur. I used to be simply taking part in golf. I truthfully cannot bear in mind what my scorecard seems like,” Kim mentioned.
“I made bogey on 9 sadly, I used to be an unlucky three-putt; missed a very quick one. However that helped me lock in somewhat bit extra, present somewhat bit additional focus.
“As soon as I made the flip, I felt like I used to be shifting at actually good tempo, actually good tempo.”
South Korea’s So Mi Lee, who was in second after the second spherical on Friday, limped to a 5 over 76 on Saturday to drop right into a tie for twenty second.
Final yr’s winner, Celine Boutier of France, can also be in a tie for twenty second following a one over 72.
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