Mobile, AL (Sports Network) - Jessica Korda carded a 7-under 65 on Friday and
moved one stroke clear of the field after two rounds of the Mobile Bay LPGA
Korda, last year's Women's Australian Open champ, completed 36 holes at 13-
under-par 131. Her total of 131 smashed the tournament's 36-hole scoring
Cristie Kerr set the old mark of 135 in 2008 and that was later matched by Se
Ri Pak and Stacy Lewis.
World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb fired a 9-under 63 to move into second
place at minus-12. Chella Choi is one shot behind Webb at 11-under 133 after a
Sydnee Michaels fired a course-record, 10-under 62 to soar into a share of
fourth place at minus-10. She stands alongside Pornanong Phatlum (65) and
Thidapa Suwannapura (67) on the Crossings Course, which is part of the Robert
Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove.
Korda got off to a quick start with birdies on the first. She birdied the
fourth and sixth, both par-5s. Korda birdied the ninth to climb to 10-under.
The 20-year-old continued her strong play with a birdie at the par-4 11th.
After three pars in a row, Korda converted back-to-back birdie tries at 15 and
16. She parred the last two to hang on to the lead.
"Yeah, definitely, it's been a long time. It feels good, though. I'm hitting
the ball good and I'm having a lot of fun out there," said Korda, who took the
last two weeks off to rest a wrist injury.
"I reached every single (par-5) today, so that's been really nice. This is
definitely one of the stops I wanted to come back to and I hope we can keep
this event as long as possible out here because I really like it."
Webb, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005, had one
birdie and four pars through five holes. She dropped in back-to-back birdie
chances from the sixth and again from the 10th to jump to minus-8.
The Australian birdied the 14th, then closed with three consecutive birdies
from the 16th to get within one of the lead.
"I'm not sure the last time I had a bogey-free round, so I'm really happy
about that. That's sort of been my problem is I have bogeys at the wrong time
and it really kills momentum," Webb stated. "That's what happened yesterday, I
turned at 2-under and then doubled one and bogeyed two and all of a sudden I'm
"I just was really happy with that fight back yesterday to finish at 3-under
and I think that really carried over into today, and it was nice to play today
without any bogeys."
Perhaps the round of the day belonged to tour rookie Lisa McCloskey. She
poured in four birdies in a 5-hole span from the 11th, her second, to jump to
7-under. She closed with 12 consecutive pars to end six back, but that was
just part of the story.
McCloskey and her mom were involved in a serious car accident on their way
home from the course on Thursday. Other than a sore thumb and some scrapes
from the air bags, McCloskey was fine physically.
"You know, I think I came out here with no expectations, just make-the-cut
kind of thing. I probably would have been happy with even-par or a couple
over," McCloskey admitted. "But I don't know, the putter was really working
for me on the first nine, and then second back nine things kind of slowed
down, I think I kind of got a little bit tired. But I finished with two really
good pars, so I'm happy."
NOTES: First-round co-leader Lexi Thompson managed a 2-under 70 and fell into
a share of seventh at minus-9, while her fellow first-round leader Eun-Hee Ji
carded an even-par 72 and dipped into a tie for 15th at 7-under 137 ... The
cut line fell at even-par 144 with 80 players advancing to the weekend ...
Among those that missed the cut were Sophie Gustafson. Brittany Lincicome,
Karen Stupples and Michelle Wie.
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