All one could think of was two pars.
The only fairway he missed was on his 11th hole, par-5 seconds, and he was completely out of the way until he had to avoid his big mess with an 18-foot foot putt . A hole later, after shooting a thick shot from the fairway, he again had to set foot about 25 feet.
“I didn’t know what I was doing on those two holes,” Korda said. “I was happy that those two guys walked in. Golf is just about speed, so you roll one here and there and it makes it a lot easier.”
These are only figures to be tough from here.
Korda was 11-under 133, two shots were from clear Mirim Lee, who played bogey-free even in the rising heat of 65. Joining the final group is a challenging figure in these parts, Lexie Thompson, a past champion Mission Hills who can beat the Dinah Shore course.
Thompson quickly grounded with three birdies at the start of his round, including an iron from 220 yards to 6 feet on par-5 seconds (he missed the eagle put) and a 9-iron. A 15-foot birdie came out of the fifth section of Para 3, located at 164 yards.
Par-5 with T moved to 18th, she swung for the fence and almost pulled it into the lake, save until the September date as the ball sinks in Bermuda instead of rolls. She tied for four shots behind Nana Cortz Madsen (69) to score 67 runs.
“I left some out, but at the same time I made very good puts.”
Danielle Kang looked set to join a big week chase, as she is projected to reach No. 1 in the world with a win. His pace was slowed by insects, a brick wall and a bridge.
Kang was very steep on a footpath off the 10th fairway and was 10 feet smaller than the green. He opted to use his putter, but was stopped three times by insects flying around his face. Then, he left it 7 feet short and missed the equal put. He collided with the green back, clearly annoyed, and when he and Anna Nordkvist were put on the watch, it didn’t help.
Kang was out of the out, quickly running after a missed put. On the 15th, she pulled her tee shot near a wall, and after asking if she could be relieved – it was a boundary wall, so no – she was trying to get back on the wall into the fairway was. It only went 10 yards, and he had to scramble for the bogey.
And then on the 18th, his approach went through the green and across the Poppy’s Pond to the carpet lined bridge. He pitched the bridge to 6 feet and missed the bird putt for 71. He was six shots behind, still in the mix.
Korda, however, is looking solid. Thompson’s name on the board reflects his power and record in Mission Hills.
Korda hit 13 fairways, not with the lush green Bermuda grass, the most difficult task was how much the ball rolled. More impressive was missing only four greens, and already sunbathing and taking 26 puts on the brisk.
“Definitely very happy with my putting today, and I was fantastically happy with the bogey-free,” she said.
She raised two birdies on the back foot 3s and saw that she could return those shots when she tugged her tee shot at number 2. He considered taking a drop from the cart path until he realized that he was fat, so he hit the 4-hybrid to the right some 30 yards away, leaving him with no corner.
“Dead over there,” he said. “Honestly, I was super happy with rolling that put. I was like, ‘Just get me out of this hole.”
The morning greens were pure, although it was important to get the pace right as they were rolling a few extra feet, adding an even greater premium to the pace.
“The point here is that you hit a solid put and it keeps going,” Korda said. “You think it’s going to stop, and it’s just going on, so you’re like, ‘This is a good put, it could possibly go in, and then it releases 5 to 6 feet, Because that’s just how out of here. I had a lot of 5- and 6-footers for today. ”
And he made them all. The decision to change the left arm lower back at the Women’s British Open three weeks ago at Royal Troon seems like a right move. And his confidence is growing.
Temperatures are moving in that direction as well, with forecasts of around 105 to 110 degrees for the weekend.
The weekend will feature five of the six fonds, tying a record at the ceremony. Along the way, Gabriela was leading the Ruffles under 5, with Rose Jang hitting another shot. Zhang won the American Women’s Amateur last month to deny Ruffles back-to-back wins.