Korda surges clear at Aramco Team Series - London

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Hall quartet on brink of victory in team category after posting 24-under
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Nelly Korda took control of the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – London as she mastered the stormy conditions at Centurion Club.

The American star put together a near-flawless round of 69 that left her five clear at the top with two groups still to complete their second round after adverse weather led to a 90-minute suspension of play. Play will resume at 7am tomorrow for the final two groups, while round three for the individual event will start at approximately 9.30am.

Korda, 24, played brilliantly as unrelenting high winds provided the sternest of challenges for the field. The highlight of a peerless performance came at the uphill par-5 15th, where she ripped a 3-wood from 238 yards to seven feet, before rolling home the eagle putt.

She also made three birdies to give herself a great chance of recording her first victory since securing the Pelican Women’s Championship last November. Her only blemish came at the 16th hole, where her par putt caught the lip but stayed above ground.

Korda said: “It was probably the most brutal weather I’ve played in a really long time. I would say this was one of my best rounds this year.

“I actually had a lot of fun out there. The weather may have not been too great, but I think when you are playing well in these rounds, you get to use a little bit more creativity and a different type of game. It’s a lot of fun.”

As for her thrilling eagle on 15, Korda perhaps surprised her caddie Jason McDede by reaching the green in two.

She added: “Jason told me that it was a three-shot hole, for sure – that there’s no way I could get there in two – and I just hit this bullet driver. I was actually hitting this controlled driver, like a low stinger, all day, which was really helping me in the wind. I got up to the ball and I just had a perfect number. I just hit it really good, and everything kind of came together.”

Korda will begin round three sat at nine-under-par, with her nearest rival Nicole Garcia back on four-under. Garcia was an early-morning starter and made five birdies, including one at the last, to sign for a two-under-par 71.

Home favourite Charley Hull started the day alongside Korda at the leaderboard summit. However, the English ace was unable to reproduce her first-day magic and slipped off the pace as a result of a 76.

Georgia Hall of England during the second round (Tristan Jones / LET)

Georgia Hall played a captain’s hand in taking her quartet to the brink of victory in the team event. The English ace chipped in for birdie at the 17th hole but saved the best to last where she came up with a marvellous eagle.

Off an awkward lie, Hall cracked a 3-wood to four feet from where she sunk a putt to lift her and her team-mates – Kylie Henry, Lea Anne Bramwell and amateur Michael Austick – to 24-under-par.

For a long time, it looked as if Hull’s quartet, including former England footballer Teddy Sheringham, may rise to the top. But they failed to capitalise on several clear-cut chances – most notably on the last green – to end up on 23-under.

The Aramco Team Series, which launched in 2021, sees teams competing over 36 holes on the Friday and Saturday of the tournament, with $500,000 prize money on offer.

Sunday’s final day of play will see only the lowest scoring 60 players and ties from the opening two rounds return to the course to battle it out for a share of another $500,000 – this time in individual earnings.

Don’t miss out on the final chance to purchase tickets to witness the world’s best competing and to be a part of all the activities happening at Centurion Club tomorrow through Universe, where adult tickets are priced at £10, while those under 18 can attend for free. For further information on the Aramco Team Series, please visit aramcoteamseries.com or follow the event on social media @aramco_series.

Pos.PlayerParR1R2
1Nelly Korda-96869
2Nicole Garcia-47171
3Sofie Bringner-37370
Yuri Onishi-37271
5Leonie Harm-26975
Charley Hull-26876
Nuria Iturrioz-27470
8Emma Spitz-17372
Georgia Hall-17471
Noora Komulainen-17075
11Anais MeyssonnierPar7373
Leona MaguirePar7571
Casandra AlexanderPar6977
14Liz Young+17473
Momoka Kobori+17374
Chiara Noja+17374
Annabel Dimmock+17275
18Kylie Henry+27474
Anna Magnusson+27375
Nicole Broch Estrup+27672
Carmen Alonso+27672
Amy Taylor+27870
Alexandra Forsterling+27276
Madelene Stavnar+27474
25Ana Pelaez Trivino+37079
Maria Hernandez+37673
Kirsten Rudgeley+37376
28Louise Duncan+47674
Becky Brewerton+48070
Christine Wolf+47773
Moa Folke+47674
Emma Grechi+47278
Cara Gainer+47575
Bronte Law+47674
Klara Davidson Spilkova+47674
Ursula Wikstrom+47674
37Smilla Tarning Soenderby+57675
Olivia Cowan+57477
Kim Metraux+57576
Anne Van Dam+57081
Ryann O'Toole+57675
Pamela Pretswell Asher+57477
Lily May Humphreys+574(+4)
44Rosie Davies+68270
Diksha Dagar+67874
Anne-Lise Caudal+67775
Marta Sanz Barrio+67478
Agathe Sauzon+67577
Sarah Schober+67577
Sophie Witt+67775
Hayley Davis+67577
Mireia Prat+67577
Nastasia Nadaud+674(+5)
Amy Boulden+675(+4)
55Camille Chevalier+77776
Jana Melichova+77380
Clara Manzalini+77578
Trichat Cheenglab+77578
Marianne Skarpnord+77875
Felicity Johnson+77875
Michele Thomson+773(+7)
Projected Cut
62Sara Kjellker+87381
Eleanor Givens+87579
Patricia Isabel Schmidt+87480
Alice Hewson+87678
Alessandra Fanali+87579
Virginia Elena Carta+87678
Camilla Lennarth+87777
Charlotte Liautier+87678
Sanna Nuutinen+87579
Isabella Deilert+87579
Laura Fuenfstueck+87678
Kristyna Napoleaova+87777
Gabriella Cowley+877(+4)
75Chloe Williams+97976
Hannah Burke+97778
Lydia Hall+97877
Caroline Hedwall+97778
Elin Arvidsson+97976
Linda Wessberg+97778
Catriona Matthew+975(+7)
82Trish Johnson+107680
Whitney Hillier+107977
84Vanessa Knecht+117681
Mim Sangkapong+117681
Becky Morgan+117582
Johanna Gustavsson+117780
Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen+117879
Anne-Charlotte Mora+117681
Paz Marfa Sans+117978
Laura Beveridge+117879
92Maiken Bing Paulsen+128078
93Lea Anne Bramwell+137881
Lina Belmati+138178
Georgina Blackman+137980
April Angurasaranee+138079
97Tiffany Arafi+148575
Tereza Melecka+147882
Lauren Taylor+148080
Olivia Mehaffey+147882
101Emma Nilsson+158279
102Lisa Pettersson+167983
Maha Haddioui+167884
Lauren Holmey+168082
105Vani Kapoor+178281
106Amalie Leth-Nissen+198085
107Sara Kouskova+237891
108Pia Babnik+268884
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Aramco Team Series - London 2023

Date: July 14th - 16th 2023

Location: Centurion Club, St Albans, England

Purse: $$500,000

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