Danielle Kang kept the top of the group three rounds, but Jessica Korda was excellent, with 60 strokes over 18 holes in the Tournament of Champions – the opening event of the LPGA Tour 2021.
PGA Tour history since 1968 has recorded 12 golfers hitting 59 strokes across 18 holes or better, of which Jim Furyk twice achieved this feat, including 58 last rounds of Travelers Championship 2016. And LPGA Tour from 1950, only Annika Sorenstam hit 59 sticks.
Yesterday, Korda almost caught up with the monument of women’s golf world. Korda started from hole 10, scoring eight birdies across 16 holes on the par71 field.
To the 17 par5 hole, 550 yards long, Korda, after hitting the fairway, 200 yards from the target. From there, she went to the green with the number 4 iron and the ball was 5.4 meters from the hole. The golfer has five LPGA Tour championships with just one swipe to close the eagle.
Meanwhile, Korda glanced at the transcript, the first time since joining. A player born in 1993 knows that he has saved 10 strokes.
In hole 18, par3, Korda needs to score a hole-in-one to hit the rare 59-stroke mark. But she only delivered to the green, 2.7 meters from the hole and finished work at the birdie point.
“Honestly I didn’t think of the number 59, because I had to focus on hitting when the weather turned bad. The 60 strokes rarely happen so I’m happy now. It will motivate me to play better in the last round. “, Korda added.
Yesterday, it was beautiful at the beginning of the round, but then it was cloudy. With Korda’s record in the penultimate Tournament of Champions, the LPGA Tour for the fifth time recorded a 60-stroke round, the first in 12 years – Paula Creamer at the 2008 Marathon Classic.
After 54 holes, Korda stood two at -19, two strokes behind Danielle Kang at the top of the table. Kang took three consecutive rounds to hold this position.
Right behind Korda is Nelly’s sister who is in third place with a score of -15. Nelly was born in 1998, has three PGA Tour titles.
Kang and the Korda sisters will both start the last round of the closing ceremony. Currently only Chun In Gee and Brooke Henderson are still able to compete for the title with this trio. The Canadian player kept the narrowest door because Kang was nine sticks behind, despite being fifth, and the Korean golfer eight strokes less.
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