Keeping Score

Strong finish propels Jessica Korda into LPGA lead

American birdies final 2 holes to shoot 6-under 66 and open 2-stroke lead in Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio

25: Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that American Jessica Korda made on her final hole to open a two-stroke lead Thursday at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in Boca Raton, Fla. Korda shot 6-under 66 as darkness suspended play with 12 golfers left on the course. Korda, who started on the back nine at Boca Rio Golf Club, birdied four out of five holes at the turn, from the 16th through the second holes, before closing with birdies on Nos. 8-9. Japan’s Yui Kawamoto, South Korea’s Sei Young Kim and Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit shared second place at 4-under 68. Mexico’s Gaby Lopez, who won last week’s season-opening Tournament of Champions, struggled to a 6-over 78. The first round was scheduled to be completed early Friday before second-round play begins (scores).

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