Late birdies boost Korda in Round 1 of LA Open


LOS ANGELES — Jessica Korda birdied three of the ultimate 4 holes for a 7-under 64 and a 1-stroke lead Wednesday after the primary spherical of the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open.

Korda had eight birdies and a bogey at Wilshire Nation Membership to match the event scoring report set by Megan Khang and Annie Park in 2019.

“This is not a simple golf course in any respect,” Korda stated. “I used to be fortunate to have the ability to place myself in the correct spots off the tee and reap the benefits of the quick putts that I did have for birdie.”

Korda gained the season-opening Diamond Resorts Event of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title, and sister Nelly Korda adopted with a victory a month later within the Gainbridge LPGA within the second occasion of the yr.

“We’re not taking part in in Asia [the] subsequent two weeks,” Jessica Korda stated. “Taking these three weeks off, and the summer time is so busy. Simply going to tempo ourselves. Bought some huge occasions developing that I wish to be ready for, and that is sort of what my workforce and I are concentrating on.”

Tiffany Chan and Moriya Jutanugarn had been a stroke again. Chan performed at Southern California.

“My purpose was to strive to not be too aggressive as a result of it is my dwelling course so I do know the course rather well,” Chan stated. “So, I nonetheless tried to be just a little extra conservative.”

Nelly Korda was 2 strokes again at 66 with Dana Finkelstein, Su Oh, Carlota Ciganda and Austin Ernst.

Michelle Wie West matched Lexi Thompson with a 70.

Lydia Ko opened with a 78, 4 days after profitable the Lotte Championship in Hawaii at 28-under 260.

Patty Tavatanakit had a 75 in her first occasion since profitable the ANA Inspiration for her first main and first LPGA Tour victory.

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