A late birdie blitz has propelled Nelly Korda into the lead midway by way of the Ladies’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Korda needed to be affected person sooner than the birdies got right here in bushels – one after yet some other, six straight to shut her 2nd round that effect her within the record ebook with a nine-beneath 63.
“Golf is easy if you seemingly may per chance per chance perhaps even bear days love this,” said Korda. “Nonetheless it undoubtedly’s now not constantly love this.”
It sure appears that way of late. Korda shot 62 within the third round remaining week on her formulation to a success the Meijer LPGA Traditional, making the 22-year-in model American the predominant more than one winner on the LPGA Tour this year.
This round may per chance per chance well need been even greater.
Over her closing six holes on the entrance nine, Korda made birdie on each par 3s guarded in entrance by water. She had eagle putts on consecutive holes – one of them on the par-4 sixth, with the tee moved up to invent it play 229 yards – and narrowly missed them each.
On the hardest hole on the direction, she needed to address a tree root in entrance of her ball to rep to the inexperienced and then made a 45-foot birdie putt. Korda closed out her round with a pitching wedge into eight toes.
“I whine I most though-provoking blacked out, a dinky love remaining week,” Korda said.
She become once at 11-beneath 133, one shot sooner than Lizette Salas, who hit all 18 greens in law, shot yet some other 67 and has yet to invent a bogey by way of 36 holes.
Korda tied the championship record, remaining location a year within the past when Sei Younger Kim closed with a 63 to secure at Aronimink. She had the third round of 63 at Atlanta Athletic Club in a principal, joining Steve Stricker in 2011 and Mark O’Meara in 2001 on the PGA Championship.
And Korda silent has work left in entrance of her if she needs to secure her first predominant.
Salas did now not reach shut to a mistake with her regular diet of fairways and greens. That become once her conception coming in, and the 31-year-in model American has completed it brilliantly.
“I’m positively joyful,” Salas said. “Or now not it is a principal. Or now not it is speculated to be advanced. I believe I’m handling it reasonably nicely. And back-to-back 67s, I’m now not going to bitch.”
Celine Boutier of France drove the sixth inexperienced to eight toes for an eagle on her formulation to a 64 that left her four footage back at seven-beneath 137 with Cydney Clanton (67) and Alena Titillating (68).
Younger Gabriela Ruffels leads the Australian contingent at three beneath.
The 21-year-in model followed her opening 76 with a 65 – the third most though-provoking round of the day – to be eight within the back of the lead in a tie for 19th.
Su Oh and Minjee Lee each made the lower by one shot at one over, nonetheless the tournament is over for Sarah Kemp (three over), 2019 champion Hannah Green and Katherine Kirk (each four over).