LOS ANGELES — Jessica Korda rode out a series of immense momentum shifts Friday at historic Wilshire Nation Membership to retain onto the lead inside the HUGEL Air Premia LA Start.
Six strokes forward after three holes, tied with high-ranked Jin Younger Ko on the flip and two images assist with three to play, Korda birdied the ultimate two holes to choose a one-stroke lead into the ultimate spherical.
“I am right trying to be affected person,” Korda acknowledged. “It’s noteworthy. It’s noteworthy to fetch out proper right here. Gentle keep 18 holes left and I right are in search of to provide myself a threat to fetch.”
Korda shot a 3-underneath 68 to damage the event 54-hole chronicle at 16 beneath. She matched the event route chronicle with a 64 on Wednesday and shot a bogey-free 65 on Thursday to damage the 36-hole scoring chronicle at 13 beneath.
“In truth, or not it’s right hitting it inside the gracious spots,” Korda acknowledged. “Pins had been positively tougher as of late than they have been the ultimate two days, additional tucked, so it was once exhausting to be aggressive on fairly just some them.”
Ko shot a 66, making a 30-foot bogey putt on the par-3 18th after driving over the inexperienced and looking at her 2nd bang into the monetary establishment and roll assist to her toes.
“I knew that she was once going to close assist out and play improbable,” Korda acknowledged. “That is what she does being world No. 1. You are going to no longer question one thing much less. I used to be right trying to play my comprise sport, and that is the reason exactly what I’ll take a look at to hold out the next day.”
Korda matched Ko with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 fifteenth, then hit to a few toes for a birdie on the par-4 seventeenth and to 2 toes on 18. She gained the season-opening Diamond Motels Match of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
Korda birdied the precept three holes to beginning the six-stroke lead, hitting to a foot on Nos. 2 and three. She parred the next 5 and bogeyed the par-4 ninth to fall right into a tie with Ko. Korda moreover bogeyed Nos. 11 and 13 sooner than rallying gradual.
“It was once noteworthy,” Korda acknowledged. “After we hit that ticket of no motion for roughly 20 minutes, it was once right in precise reality, in precise reality gradual and it was once exhausting for he to invent my momentum assist. I used to be aloof hitting in precise reality right images. I right did not keep any alternate options. I used to be roughly all the time above the outlet, and trying to nestle one thing down shut to the outlet is noteworthy should you are attempting to originate birdies.”
Ko had six birdies and a bogey in a front-nine 30. She bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 and birdied Nos. 13-15. The seven-time LPGA Tour winner is coming off a two-week damage after ending seventh inside essentially the most predominant ANA Inspiration.
Brooke Henderson purchased an area alongside Korda and Ko inside the remaining neighborhood Saturday, capturing a 67 to rep to 12 beneath. The Canadian birdied Nos. 15-17, then had a 7-foot birdie are trying glide left on 18. She rebounded from a double bogey on No. 6.
“I mediate should you keep obtained faulty holes cherish that or not it’s in precise reality essential to right defend affected person and withhold doing what you might be doing,” Henderson acknowledged. “I did not in precise reality perform one thing scandalous. Unprejudiced roughly one shot purchased a methods flung from us and ended up making a immense quantity. So right tried to defend inside the second and proceed to hit right images.”
Angela Stanford was once 11 beneath after a 68, and So Yeon Ryu and Hannah Inexperienced every shot 69 to rep to 9 beneath. Morgan Pressel had a 66 to check Tiffany Chan (70) at 8 beneath.
Sei Younger Kim, taking half in alongside Ko and Korda inside the remaining neighborhood, had a 76 to fall right into a tie for 18th at 4 beneath. She closed together with her 2nd double bogey of the day.
Korda broke the 54-hole ticket of 11 beneath location by Minjee Lee in her 2019 victory. Lee holds the 72-hole ticket of 14 beneath inside the event that was once first carried out in 2018 and was once canceled remaining yr.