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Jessica Korda widens lead at LPGA’s L.A. Open

Jessica Korda and caddie Kyle Morrison at 2021 L.A. Open
Jessica Korda and caddie Kyle Morrison enjoy building a 3-stroke lead midway through the LPGA’s L.A. Open at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles.

American shoots bogey-free 65 for a 13-under total and 3-stroke lead after 36 holes at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles

American Jessica Korda played a near-flawless round of golf, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Thursday to expand her lead midway through the LPGA’s Hugel-Air Premia L.A. Open in Los Angeles.

Starting on the back nine at Wilshire Country Club, Korda birdied three of her first four holes. She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens to finish 36 holes at 13-under 129, three strokes clear of the field.

“It’s gonna sound crazy, but I actually lipped out a good amount out there today, so it could have been lower,” said Korda, who led by one stroke after a first-round 64. “It’s just another good day.”

Korda, 28, is seeking her seventh LPGA victory and the second of the season after she opened 2021 by winning the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko, the world’s top-ranked female professional golfer, shot 6-under 65 to place second at 10-under 132. Compatriot Sei Young Kim stood third at 9-under 133 after a 66 that was marred only by a bogey on the final hole.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson (65) and American Angela Stanford (66) shared fourth place at 8-under 134. (For second-round scores, click here.)

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who was paired with Korda, rebounded from a first-round 78 with a 68 but still missed the 36-hole cut, which fell at 2-over 144. Ko won last week’s Lotte Championship for her 16th career victory and first title in three years.

The L.A. Open is the last of seven U.S.-based tournaments to start the LPGA’s 2021 schedule before the tour heads to Asia for two events and then returns to America.

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