Korda returns to keep an eye on CME Group Tour Championship | LPGA

“I’m a girl from Florida. I don’t like this. I like fall fashion, but I don’t like playing golf in this kind of weather. ”

Nelly Korda they may not be following the colder conditions at Tiburon Golf Club on Friday, but that didn’t stop a three-time LPGA tour winner from scoring a 66 second round at the CME Group Tournament to lift the board from her tie for 36th into a tie for fifth at -6. Korda tied her lowest 18-hole score in Naples, which she previously recorded in the third round last year.

“I feel very comfortable out here. I believe this is because I grew up in Florida. Just the style of this golf course, I just feel confident out here, ”said Korda, who has three top-10 finishes in her three appearances at the Tournament. “It was really nice to put in some putts. I wasn’t planting very well yesterday, but my dad – behind the fence – saw me putting on the lawn after my walk and helped me out a bit. So that really helped today, ”

It was very different from last week, where Korda said she was feeling “rusty” while competing in the US Women’s Open, her first event since drawing. due to back injury from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Korda said it was a learning experience, as the 22-year-old was inspired to play better at the end of the LPGA Tour season.

“It simply came to my notice then. At the end of the day, no one really pays attention to what I think I would like, ‘Oh, he was injured. ‘They’re paying attention to the score,’ said Korda, who missed the cut last week at Champions Golf Club. “For me to step back and say, okay, my team knows I was rusty and I didn’t play well. It’s okay. You are going to have bad rides. Just focus on the one to come and do the best you can. “


With her feet up against the exposed wall of the green bunker on the 17th par-5 at Tiburón Golf Club, Lexi Thompson took off one of the greatest golfing scenes ever seen at the CME Group Tournament. She failed to make the six-foot birdie putt, but the effort was similar to the kind of perseverance Thompson showed during the second round of the LPGA Tour season final this afternoon.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to watch that,” Thompson said, surprised at his own accomplishment. “My brother [and caddy Curtis] as it were, ‘the main focus is not to hit the lips on your downward movement. I was like, yeah. It was like, ‘just open up.’ Well then I’m going to hit my leg. It was one of those scenes where you hit and hope. I came in there and it was like, okay, this wonderful picture is there and it happened. ”

Thomson controlled a birdie on No. 2 before bogeys at numbers 3 and 9 to turn them at par 1-over. The winner of the 2018 CME Group Tournament went back with birdies at numbers 14 and 15 to climb back to red figures for the tour.

She closed par 71 underage with three straight parsons – including the rabbit out of a hat bullet at No. 17 – to stay within a certain distance at -8 overall. Thompson joins Rolex Rankings No. 1 director. 1 and 36-hole Jin Young Ko and defending champion of the CME Group Tour Championship Sei Young Kim in the final group of the third round of the No. 1 tee at 10:50 am ET tomorrow.

“Every time I pick it up, I know I’m competing against the best,” Thompson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been repaired with them in my career. It will be nice. Looking forward to the weekend and hoping for good weather, go out and have two more great walks. ”