USA’s Nelly Korda Fires 62, Leads Olympics at Halftime

USA’s Nelly Korda Leads Tokyo Olympics
USA’s Nelly Korda walks on the fairway of the 11th hole in round 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki CC in Kawagoe on Aug 5, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP via Getty Images)

Even with a double bogey on the final hole, Nelly Korda torched Kasumigaseki Country Club to the tune of 9-under 62 and will enter the final two rounds 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s golf competition with a four-shot lead.

Prior to that flub on the 18th hole, the 23-year-old Team USA star carded an eagle and nine birdies, highlighted by a five-hole stretch of 6 under par on Nos. 5-9 and five more gains on Nos. 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17.

“I just stayed really solid today,” said Korda, the current world No. 1.

“On the front I was definitely hitting it better and on the back I wasn’t hitting it as well but making the longer putts.”

Danes Emily Kristine Pedersen (63) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (64) were tied for second with Indian Aditi Ashok (66) at 9-under par.

Overnight leader Madelene Sagstrom shot a 68 and was solo fifth on 8 under, one clear of Korean Jin Young Ko (67) and Japan’s Mone Inami (65).

Aussie Hannah Green was next on 6 under after a second-round 65.

Rounding out the top-10 leaders were Lydia Ko (67) of New Zealand and China’s Xiyu Lin (67) who sat T9 on 5 under.

Americans Jessica Korda (67) and Danielle Kang (69) were among a logjam of 13 players tied for 11th at -4.


Tokyo 2020 Olympics


Round-2 Leaderboard: Top-10

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. Nelly Korda -13 (-9)
2. Emily Kristine Pedersen -9 (-8)
2. Nanna Koerstz Madsen -9 (-7)
2. Aditi Ashok -9 (-5)
5. Madelene Sagstrom -8 (-3)
6. Mone Inami -7 (-6)
6. Jin Young Ko -7 (-4)
6. Hannah Green -6 (-6)
9. Lydia Ko -5 (-4)
9. Xiyu Lin -5 (-4)

Notables

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
11. Shanshan Feng -4 (-7)
11. Jessica Korda -4 (-4)
11. Leona Maguire -4 (-4)
11. Nasa Hataoka -4 (-3)
11. Danielle Kang -4 (-2)
11. Sei Young Kim -4 (-2)
24. Minjee Lee -3 (-3)
24. Inbee Park -3 (-1)
30. Anna Nordqvist -1 (-2)
30. Carlota Ciganda -1 (+2)
34. Brooke Henderson E (-1)
39. Lexi Thompson +1 (E)
44. Ariya Jutanugarn +2 (-4)
53. Mel Reid +6 (+4)

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