GRAND RAPIDS, Mich .– Nelly Korda clocked a career-high 10 Under 62 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Leona Maguire in the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.
âEverything was falling and I was just on a roll,â Korda said. âYou don’t take these days for granted. “
Putting down with his left hand low, Korda managed 11 birdies and a bogey to reach 196 under 20 at Blythefield Country Club. She broke the tournament’s 54-hole record of 17 under the record set by Lexi Thompson when she won in 2015.
âA bit of everything,â Korda said. âMental, putting, mostly let down again. I went back there, and I just feel like my putting is better on the lower left hand.
Open field scores of the Meijer LPGA Classic
The 22-year-old American, ranked No. 4 in the world, birdied the last three holes and five of the last six of the round interrupted by a delay in rain.
âI definitely got a lot softer,â Korda said. âYou can be a lot more aggressive on the greens. Like I said yesterday, the greens are bouncing, they’re a little slower but they are bouncing back. To make them soft, I can just aim for the hole and shoot them.
Korda birdied the first three holes, added three more on No.6, 8 and 10 before losing a shot on No.11. She birdied at No.13 and 14 and finished. with three in a row to increase the lead to three.
She won the Gainbridge LPGA Florida in Orlando, Fla. In February – after her older sister Jessica won the previous Tour event – for her fourth victory on the LPGA Tour.
âEvery time is different, I guess in a way,â Korda said. âI fell asleep and I wasn’t nervous, and there were times when I couldn’t even sleep, I woke up so many times during the night. We’ll see tomorrow if I’m rested or not.
Younger brother Sebastian won the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament in Italy in May for his first victory on the ATP Tour.
Second-round leader Maguire was second after a 70. The former Duke player, 26, is trying to become the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history.
âAll the pressure is on Nelly. Everyone expects Nelly to win tomorrow, âsaid Maguire. âShe’s ranked whatever it is in the world, in the top five. No one expects me to do anything tomorrow. I really have nothing to lose. I can just go out and play golf and see what happens.
Madelene Sagstrom was third under 16 after a 65, and Su Oh (69) was another shot back. Anna Nordqvist (68), Georgia Hall (65), Charley Hull (67) and Mina Harigae (68) were under 14.
Jessica Korda was eight strokes behind after a 67. Thompson (68) and Inbee Park (68) were also 12 strokes short.
The KPMG Major Women’s PGA Championship takes place next week at the Atlanta Athletic Club.