Sat. May 21st, 2022

Lydia Ko plays her stroke from the fourth tee during the second round of the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida.

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Lydia Ko plays her stroke from the fourth tee during the second round of the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida.

Lydia Ko shot four under 68 in her second round of the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, leaving her five shots from leader Nelly Korda midway through the LPGA season opener.

Cow got four birdies at Lake Nona, Florida on Saturday (NZ time) to give her a score of five under after 36 holes, bringing her into a three-way draw in ninth place.

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It’s an encouraging start to the year for the Kiwi star, who got his career back on track with some outstanding performances in 2021.

Ko won her first LPGA tournament in almost three years when she triumphed in Hawaii last April, also won the European Tour, won the Commodity Trophy – awarded to the player with the lowest scoring average on the tour – for the first time in her career, had 11 top-10 rankings and took his second Olympic medal in a row.

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Korda, who was 23, No. 1 in the women’s fight, shot 6-under 66 at Lake Nona to take a one-shot lead over Gaby Lopez and Danielle Kang.

Through two rounds, Korda is at 10 under 134. Her big sister and defending champion, 28-year-old Jessica Korda, are two shots left.

Nelly Korda is used to success at Lake Nona, where she won the Gainbridge LPGA 11 months ago, which has moved venues this season.

Korda has played six rounds of competition on the field and never shot worse than 69.

“I guess it’s very similar to the golf course I play at Concession,” Korda said of his club, which is about 2 hours away in Bradenton. ‘I feel a little more at home here.

“I love the golf course, I love the layout. I love that it’s a good challenge. The rough is also quite thick this year. So I like to embrace those challenges. “

Lopez led after 18 holes and won this tournament two years ago. She overcame two late bogeys with her own finishing birdie and chipped in at par-4 18th to a 68.

Since this is the first event in a new season, she said she can forgive the sloppy bogeys she made on the 15th and 17th holes.

A little would dampen Lopez’s mood in a grouping with one of her heroes, Annika Sorenstam, a 72-time LPGA winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member competing this week in the tournament’s 50-player celebrity division.

“She seems quite balanced, works quite together,” said Sørenstam. “[The bogeys] did not shake her too much, which I think is good. We all know there will be few bad shots here and there, maybe a bad leap, but she’s just come back.

“She’s been here seven years,” she said, “or her seventh season. I guess she’s getting a little more mature knowing what it takes to be out here, and she does not get too excited when things go wrong. do not go your way. ”

Kang, a second-place finisher for Jessica Korda in this event a year ago, posted a bogey-free 67, including a 155-yard 7-yard touchdown, which she hit for the par-4 seventh eagle. Jessica Korda also shot a bogey-free 67.

It can be harder to score in the third round, where temperatures are expected to cool down and rain can be a factor.

– with AP

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