GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – Nelly Korda shot the best career of her career with 10 under 62 on Saturday to go into the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic three strokes ahead of Leona Maguire.
“Everything fell and I was just on the rise,” said Korda. “You don’t take these days for granted.”
With her left hand, Korda had 11 birdies and a bogey to get to 20-under 196 at Blythefield Country Club. She broke the tournament’s 54-hole record of 17 set by Lexi Thompson when she won in 2015.
“A little bit of everything,” said Korda. “Mentally, putting, especially deeply relaxed again. I went back and then I just feel like my left hand putting is better. “
The 22-year-old American, who ranks fourth in the world, has screwed the last three holes and five of the last six in the lap interrupted by a rain delay.
“Definitely got a lot softer,” said Korda. “You can be a lot more aggressive on the greens. As I said yesterday, the greens get bouncy, they are a little slower but bouncy. To make them soft, I can just aim at the hole and shoot. “
Korda made the first three holes with a birdie, added three more on # 6, 8 and 10 before losing a stroke on # 11.
She won the Gainbridge LPGA in Florida in Orlando, Florida in February – after older sister Jessica won the previous Tour event – for her fourth LPGA Tour win.
“Each time is different in a way, I think,” said Korda. “I fell asleep and wasn’t nervous, and there were times when I couldn’t even sleep. I woke up so many times at night. We’ll see tomorrow whether I’m rested or not. “
The younger brother Sebastian won the Emilia-Romagna Open in Italy in May for his first ATP Tour victory.
Second-round leader Maguire finished second after 70. The 26-year-old former Duke player is trying to become the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history.
“All the pressure is on Nelly. Everyone expects Nelly to win tomorrow, ”said Maguire. “She has placed in the top five in the world, whatever she is. Nobody expects me to do anything tomorrow. I really have nothing to lose. I can just go out, play golf and see what happens. “
Madelene Sagstrom was third after a 65 with 16 under, and Su Oh (69) was another hit back. Anna Nordqvist (68), Georgia Hall (65), Charley Hull (67) and Mina Harigae (68) were 14 years old.
Jessica Korda was eight strokes behind after a 67. Thompson, 68, and Inbee Park, 68, were also 12 defeated.
The big KPMG Women’s PGA Championship takes place next week at the Atlanta Athletic Club.