Nelly Korda leads LPGA as Sorenstam falls to bottom of pack
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Nelly Korda took the lead at Gainbridge LPGA on Saturday with a 4-under-68 that enabled her to win the season for the Korda family in a row.
Annika Sorenstam sank to the floor.
Korda, whose older sister Jessica won the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions last month to kick off the new LPGA Tour season, dropped just one shot and one shot over Patty Tavatanakit on a windy day at Lake Nona.
Playing for the first time in more than 12 years after retiring, Sorenstam had no expectations or excuses. She kept falling behind in bad spots around the green and finished the race with a 79. That put her in last place with four shots, 22 shots behind Korda.
The 50-year-old Swede performed once because the tournament was being put on her home course and she was lucky enough to cut the number.
"We put every effort into every single shot," she said. “It just wasn't meant for today. Another day tomorrow. I have two bonus days this week so that's a good thing. "
Korda was at 13 under 203, one shot ahead of Tavatanakit, the thriving Thai star who took only half a dozen starts on the Symetra Tour to earn her LPGA card when she left UCLA.
Tavatanakit finished with four birdies over her last five holes, including the last three, for a 66. She will be in the final group on Sunday with Korda and Angel Yin who had a 65 and three strokes behind them.
Lydia Ko, the 36-hole leader who wanted to win for the first time in almost three years, was also three strokes behind. Ko fell back with a double bogey on the 12th hole and a bogey on the 18th hole.
Also at 10 under 203 was Jin Young Ko, number 1 in women's golf, who shot a 66 to get into position.
Everyone will hunt Korda.
"Every time you come to the Sunday before the pack is positive," said Korda. "There are some good players out there, so it takes good golf to win."
Tavatanakit said she didn't spend much time looking at the leaderboard. When she did that, she wasn't sure where she was because she kept missing the front page of the Führer.
"I said," Oh, I'm probably still up there. "So I didn't think too much about it until 15. I saw that I was two back," said Tavatanakit. "I said," OK, let's see what I can do here. "I'm not going to lie and the route come down. Those putts were a bit shaky. "
But she did it and she is in a great position to take her first LPGA Tour win.
For Sorenstam, it will be a ceremonial stroll in front of family and friends on a home court where for years her neighbors saw her at an Easter brunch or on the pickleball courts rather than on the golf course.
Their problems started with a bogey on the par 5-15 course, the start of five bogeys in an eight-hole section.
"Usually I just hit the ball and today was anything but straight," said Sorenstam. “Maybe I need to tweak my swing a little - I'm not sure what to tweak at the moment. We have to find out. But I have to hit it directly to have a chance of going below par again. Because it would be fun to keep it at a high level. "
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