On the day of the move at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, Nelly Korda had a move for the ages.
The four-time LPGA Tour champion recorded 11 birdies on the way to a 10 under par 62. It is the tournament record and sets a career record. Korda also adds her name to the short list of players who carded 11 birdies in a round, the second most in LPGA Tour history behind just Annika Sorenstam’s 13 of her famous 59 in 2001.
“You don’t take these days for granted,” said Korda, who beat Lexi Thompson’s 54-hole tournament record by three strokes with -20 points. “Every day you can move up the leaderboard is a good day. Definitely a big boost in confidence after missing the cut in the US [Women’s] To open.”
Her 54-hole score (196) corresponds to the best total in her career. There is an 18 hole three shot advantage for Korda to play at Blythefield Country Club.
“I really like this golf course,” said Korda. “Finished in the top 10 last time we were here [in 2019] so I feel good out here. I had short clubs in [today] which was nice. I hit fairways, hit them close. If you have putts within 10 feet, you will definitely roll a or two in. “
Leona Maguire, the 36-hole front runner, took 2 under par 70 after an early bogey at 7th. She goes three shots back into the final lap, the same lead she led when she entered the day.
“I played pretty well from tee to green, giving myself a lot of chances,” said Maguire. “Just didn’t punch any putts, couldn’t get it going properly. You have to putts in here to make birdies. I didn’t really do that. I didn’t take advantage of the par 5s enough. A bit of a frustrating day, but I persevered.
“All the pressure is on Nelly. Everyone expects Nelly to win tomorrow. She is number 4 in the world rankings, nobody expects me to do anything tomorrow. I really have nothing to lose. “
The Swede Madelene Sagstrom shot a bogey-free 65 and is a total of 16-under. She rounds off the final grouping on Sunday at 11:05 a.m. ET. Her performance included four straight birdies from # 2-5.
“I’ve hit the ball pretty well all week, giving myself chances and really getting the putter going,” said Sagstrom, who picked up 11 birdies to shoot 8-under 64 in the third round of the 2021 Kia Classic I saw that Hole grow and grow and grow and I was like, ‘Okay, let’s move on.’ I’ve always been able to make a lot of birdies, but I tend to put a few too many other colors on the scorecard. It’s critical [to eliminate bogeys] because here, if you do a bogey, you lose against the field. “
The Australian Su Oh is five strokes behind Korda and is fourth alone. Four players share fifth place, including two great champions, Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist. The top 8 players represent five different countries on the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard that advance to the final round.