Korda setting the pace
American Jessica Korda will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic after carding a seven-under-par 65 on Friday, while compatriot Sydnee Michaels surged into contention by smashing the course record at Magnolia Grove.
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The 20-year-old - yet to post a bogey so far this week - moved to 13 under overall and leads the way from Australia's Karrie Webb (63) and South Korea's Chella Choi (66).
"I feel really comfortable out here," said Korda, who is playing in her first LPGA Tour event since taking a two-week break due to a wrist injury.
She added on www.lpga.com: "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. I feel good.
"Today actually I didn't have one shot where I was kind of kind of windstedded or anything so it was good. It's definitely moving in the right direction."
Webb also signed for a bogey-free round and further boosted her bid with four birdies on her final five holes.
"I'm not sure the last time I had a bogey-free round, so I'm really happy about that," she said. "That's sort of been my problem - I have bogeys at the wrong time and it really kills momentum."
Second-year LPGA Tour member Michaels produced the round of the week so far, bettering the tournament record by two shots with a 10-under 62 to claim a share of fourth spot alongside Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum (65) and Thidapa Suwannapura (67).