Nelly Korda, Lizette Salas Share Third-Round Lead at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Nelly Korda
Nelly Korda hits her tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round for the 2021 KPMG Women’s Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on June 26, 2021 in Johns Creek, GA. (Photo by Darren Carroll for PGA of America via Getty Images)

Nelly Korda and Lizette Salas will enter the final round of the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a share of a five-shot lead.

Korda, the overnight leader, shot a bogey-free 68 which included four birdies to reach 15 under.

“Yeah, I mean, you still have 18 more holes, a lot of golf left out here, so anything can happen,” said Korda, who will be paired with Salas on Sunday.

“Someone from behind can come and shoot a really low score. You just never know with golf, and that’s the beauty of it.”

Salas, meanwhile, carded a 67 with six birdies and one bogey to join Korda atop the leaderboard.

“Yeah, I mean, I’m really proud of myself for how I started and how I maintained that confidence throughout the round even though putts weren’t dropping,” said Salas.

“I was committed to each shot, and I knew — I wasn’t uncomfortable, which I haven’t said that in a very long time.

“I was embracing it. I was greeting some fans and just enjoying the moment. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.”

Lizette Salas
Lizette Salas hits her tee shot on the 11th hole during the third round for the 2021 KPMG Women’s Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on June 26, 2021 in Johns Creek, GA. (Photo by Darren Carroll for PGA of America via Getty Images)

Patty Tavatanakit (65), Giulia Molinaro (66), and Celine Boutier (69) were tied on 10-under par, one clear of Dottie Ardina (68) who was along in sixth place.

Esther Henseleit (70) and Madelene Sagstrom (71) were one further back on 7-under par.

Xiyu Lin (70) and Hyo Joo Kim (70) rounded out the top-10 leaders.


KPMG Women’s PGA Championship


Top-10 Leaders: Third Round

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Lizette Salas -15 (-5)
1. Nelly Korda -15 (-4)
3. Patty Tavatanakit -10 (-7)
3. Giulia Molinaro -10 (-6)
3. Celine Boutier -10 (-3)
6. Dottie Ardina -8 (-4)
7. Esther Henseleit -7 (-2)
7. Madelene Sagstrom -7 (-1)
9. Xiyu Lin -6 (-2)
9. Hyo Joo Kim -6 (-2)

Full Leaderboard


Material from the LPGA Tour Communications was used to compile this report.


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