LPGA Tour: Jessica Korda Extends Lead in L.A.

Jessica Korda
Jessica Korda plays her shot at the 16th tee during round two of the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open at Wilshire CC on April 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

On the LPGA Tour, Jessica Korda extended her lead in Los Angeles at the L.A. Open, while on the European Tour, a foursome was deadlocked after day one at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

Finally, on the PGA Tour, at the team-based Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura were 10 under on a day-one score of 62.

Jessica Korda Extends Lead at L.A. Open

Jessica Korda followed up a round-one 65 with a Thursday score of 6-under 66 and will enter the third set of the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open with a three-shot lead.

The 28-year-old American, who won the season’s first event at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, was bogey-free on her day at Wilshire Country Club, adding six birdies, en route to a 36-hole scoring record of 13-under par.

“I mean, you’re just plotting your way around the golf course and trying to be smart where we keep it,” said Korda, who has held or shared the 36-hole lead eight times in her LPGA career.

“I got above the hole on a couple holes and they’re not easy putts, so you can definitely get out of position really easily out here, so we’ve been pretty smart. My caddie Kyle and I are just trying to plot our way around, be maybe sometimes boring but play smart.”

Lurking three back was world No. 1 Jin Young Ko of Korea, who shot 65 on Thursday to reach 10 under, one clear of countrywoman, and world No. 3, Sei Young Kim, who was 9-under 133, following a round-two 66.

2021 HUGEL AIR-PREMIA LA Open

Top-5 Leaders: Round 2
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 2)
1. Jessica Korda -13 (-6)
2. Jin Young Ko -10 (-6)
3. Sei Young Kim -9 (-5)
4. Brooke Henderson -8 (-6)
4. Angela Stanford -8 (-5)


Material, including press releases, from the LPGA Tour Communications was used to compile this report.


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