Cognizant Founders Cup R1

Defending champion Jin Young Ko leading as play suspended

Founders Cup 2021 R1
October 07-10
Mountain Ridge Country Club, West Caldwell, New Jersey
$3,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Defending champion Jin Young Ko, who has held the title for 928 days due to the pandemic, tied her season-low round of 8-under 63 to take the lead of the Cognizant Founders Cup, being held at the Mountain Ridge Country Club for the first time.


Founders Cup 2021 R1

“I had great round today. I was little sad last week on Sunday, so I was thinking like keep it all for my putting this week, and I had great putting today,” said Ko, who finished second in last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic. “I got nine birdies today and one bogey, but, yeah, still pretty good.”

Ko is aiming to average fewer than 30 putts per round this week, a benchmark she shattered on Thursday with just 25 putts. “It’s going to be like 4-, 5-under each day, so it’s going to be a win,” she said smiling.


Founders Cup 2021 R1

Germany’s Sandra Gal carded a bogey-free 66 to take solo second place at 5-under. It was her best round since a first-round 66 at the 2019 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and her first round in the 60s since the first round of the 2020 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.

“I feel very good. I came into the tournament striking it really nicely,” said Gal, who has been balancing playing golf and battling dormant Lyme Disease for the last three years. “It’s kind of been building up the last few weeks, but until you see the results on the course you just got to play, play, play.”


Founders Cup 2021 R1

Six players are tied for third at 4-under, including Rolex Rankings number 1 Nelly Korda, playing in her first stroke-play event since the AIG Women’s Open in late August.

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Brooke Henderson joins her in third place after racing to the 18th tee to make sure her group could finish before play was called due to darkness.

“We tried to get our round finished and I’m glad we did,” said Henderson, who finished her round at 6:50 p.m. “It was definitely dark coming up 18 and on the putting green I was really just counting on the pace to know how hard to hit it.”

Heavy fog caused a 90-minute delay on Thursday morning and play was suspended due to darkness at 6:34 p.m. with 30 players still to finish their rounds. First-round play will resume Friday at 7:15 a.m., with the second round beginning at 7:30 a.m.


Founders Cup 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Jin Young Ko
-8
63
2
Sandra Gal
-5
66
T3
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
67
T3
Perrine Delacour
-4
67
T3
Yuka Saso
-4
67
T3
Amy Yang
-4
67
T3
Nelly Korda
-4
67
T3
So Yeon Ryu
-4
67
T9
A Lim Kim
-3
68
T9
Megan Khang
-3
68
T9
Chella Choi
-3
68
T9
Jenny Shin
-3
68
T9
Su Oh
-3
68
T9
In Gee Chun
-3
68
T9
Hannah Green
-3
68
T9
Hyo Joo Kim
-3
68
T9
Maria Fassi
-3
68
T9
Elizabeth Szokol
-3
68
T9
Lindsey Weaver
-3
68
T9
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
T21
Na Yeon Choi
-2
69
T21
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
69
T21
Jessica Korda
-2
69
T21
Minjee Lee
-2
69
T21
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
69
T21
Caroline Masson
-2
69
T21
Lauren Stephenson
-2
69
T21
Daniela Darquea
-2
69
T21
Lindy Duncan
-2
69
T21
Wichanee Meechai
-2
69
T21
Ally Ewing
-2
69
T21
Georgia Hall
-2
69
T21
Lizette Salas
-2
69
T21
Nasa Hataoka
-2
69
T21
Gerina Piller
-2
69
T21
Jeongeun Lee
-2
T21
Xiyu Lin
-2
T21
Lauren Coughlin
-2
T39
Danielle Kang
-1
70
T39
Inbee Park
-1
70
T39
Celine Boutier
-1
70
T39
Amy Olson
-1
70
T39
Anne van Dam
-1
70
T39
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-1
70
T39
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
70
T39
Ana Belac
-1
70
T39
Mi Hyang Lee
-1
70
T39
Sei Young Kim
-1
70
T39
Jeongeun Lee6
-1
70
T39
Katherine Kirk
-1
70
T39
Anna Nordqvist
-1
T39
Stephanie Meadow
-1
T39
Esther Lee
-1
T39
Linnea Strom
-1
T39
Kristen Gillman
-1
T56
Matilda Castren
E
71
T56
Madelene Sagstrom
E
71
T56
Carlota Ciganda
E
71
T56
Paula Reto
E
71
T56
Maria Fernanda Torres
E
71
T56
Dottie Ardina
E
71
T56
Olivia Mehaffey
E
71
T56
Marina Alex
E
71
T56
Azahara Munoz
E
71
T56
Mirim Lee
E
71
T56
Eun-Hee Ji
E
71
T56
Ryann O’Toole
E
71
T56
Lexi Thompson
E
71
T56
Muni He
E
71
T56
Esther Henseleit
E
71
T56
Bronte Law
E
T56
Alena Sharp
E
T56
Mariah Stackhouse
E
T56
Sakura Yokomine
E
T56
Caroline Inglis
E
T56
Tiffany Chan
E
T77
Wei-Ling Hsu
+1
72
T77
Cydney Clanton
+1
72
T77
Jaye Marie Green
+1
72
T77
Alison Lee
+1
72
T77
Yu Liu
+1
72
T77
Angel Yin
+1
72
T77
Jennifer Chang
+1
72
T77
Wenyung Keh
+1
72
T77
Patty Tavatanakit
+1
72
T77
Nicole Broch Estrup
+1
72
T77
Jing Yan
+1
72
T77
Annie Park
+1
72
T77
Pornanong Phatlum
+1
72
T77
Sophia Popov
+1
T77
Mel Reid
+1
T77
Mina Harigae
+1
T77
Pajaree Anannarukarn
+1
T77
Ashleigh Buhai
+1
T77
Jenny Coleman
+1
T96
Cristie Kerr
+2
73
T96
Andrea Lee
+2
73
T96
Jensen Castle (a)
+2
73
T96
Dani Holmqvist
+2
73
T96
Luna Sobron Galmes
+2
73
T96
Benyapa Niphatsophon
+2
73
T96
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
+2
73
T96
Gaby Lopez
+2
73
T96
Charley Hull
+2
73
T96
Albane Valenzuela
+2
73
T96
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
+2
T96
Celine Herbin
+2
T96
Pernilla Lindberg
+2
T96
Sarah Jane Smith
+2
T110
Haeji Kang
+3
74
T110
Emma Talley
+3
74
T110
Angela Stanford
+3
74
T110
Jennifer Song
+3
74
T110
Mo Martin
+3
T110
Giulia Molinaro
+3
T116
Leona Maguire
+4
75
T116
Mi Jung Hur
+4
75
T116
Ssu-Chia Cheng
+4
75
T116
Laura Davies
+4
75
T116
Stacy Lewis
+4
75
T116
Brittany Lang
+4
T116
Amari Avery (a)
+4
T123
Christina Kim
+5
76
T123
Marissa Steen
+5
76
T123
Aditi Ashok
+5
76
T123
Cheyenne Knight
+5
76
T123
Min Lee
+5
76
T123
Sarah Kemp
+5
76
T123
Min Seo Kwak
+5
76
T130
Sydnee Michaels
+6
77
T130
Dana Finkelstein
+6
77
T130
Mind Muangkhumsakul
+6
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