CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Nanna Koerstz Madsen tied for the lead within the JTBC Traditional when she teeed off Saturday on the par-4 18. She putt two for par and a 3 underneath 69 – and got here away with an surprising three-stroke lead over Na Rin An.
After a decisive victory two weeks in the past in Thailand that made her the primary Danish champion on the LPGA Tour, Koerstz Madsen took benefit of An’s remaining triple bogey to retire to Aviara Golf Membership.
“I feel it will likely be simpler to method tomorrow with a lead than in Thailand,” stated Koerstz Madsen. “You continue to have all the joy in your physique that you’ve got management tomorrow. …Three can change on two holes. … I nonetheless must do my enterprise, and we’ll see what occurs tomorrow.
An, the South Korean rookie who earned his tour membership as an LPGA Q-series medalist, received the quick par-4 sixteenth and birdied the par-5 seventeenth to tie Koerstz Madsen in head.
However on the 18th, making an attempt to hit the cart path close to the inexperienced, An shot the ball low into the pavement of the trail, sending it bouncing down the trail. She managed to hit her subsequent shot out of the way in which to the sting of the inexperienced and made a 7 for a 69.
“It’s what it’s,” An stated. “I used to be fascinated with one of the best ways to complete the outlet with the bottom potential rating.”
Koerstz Madsen stated: “I’ve been there a number of occasions.
Koerstz Madsen rebounded from her personal three-stroke collapse when she bogeyed the par-4 seventh and double-bogeyed the par-5 eighth. She rapidly stabilized, making a birdie on the ninth par-4 and the tenth par-5.
“It tells me I’ve come a great distance,” Koerstz Madsen stated. “Usually I might most likely have panicked after that 8. I wasn’t proud of my double bogey on the 8, however I knew there have been a number of possibilities.”
Koerstz Madsen had a complete of 14 underneath 202 within the remaining occasion earlier than the primary main of the season subsequent week at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.
High-ranked Jin Younger Ko, taking part in alongside An, hit water on 18 en path to a bogey and 70 that left her tied for third at 10 underneath with Pajaree Anannarukarn (69) and Maude-Aimee Leblanc (70).
“As we speak was a tricky set for me,” Ko stated. “I had a number of possibilities to birdie. I missed a number of putts at the moment. The greens are actually, actually, actually difficult. … I attempt to be affected person on the course.
After selecting up a victory three weeks in the past in Singapore, Ko took his document for consecutive laps beneath par to 33. She has received six of her final 10 tournaments.
Lilia Vu (65), Nasa Hataoka (68), Charley Hull (68), Janie Jackson (69) and Hye-Jin Choi (68) had been at 9 cents.
Lydia Ko, the 2016 winner, had a 74 to drop seven strokes again. She received the Gainbridge LPGA in January. Defending champion Inbee Park was additionally seven strokes behind after a 70.
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