Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions R1

Danielle Kang takes 1-shot lead in Florida

January 21-24
Four Season Golf & Sports Club, Orlando, Florida
$1,200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Danielle Kang fired a bogey-free, 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over Jessica and Nelly Korda and defending champion Gaby Lopez in Orlando.

“I think my short game was really good today,” said Kang. “I had a lot of feel and touch around the greens.”


Kang made the most of the shortened season last year and won two consecutive titles in Ohio after the Tour resumed at the Marathon LPGA Classic and the LPGA Drive On Championship.

She has had to quarantine twice recently after being exposed to the virus and only arrived in Orlando late Monday night after testing negative six times.



Jessica Korda was 7-under at the turn and held the lead for most of the day before her sister Nelly overtook her with a late run of birdies and an eagle at the 17th.

Jessica admitted to using Nelly’s position on the leaderboard as motivation to drain her birdie putt on 18.



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“I saw her on the leaderboard. I was putting like towards the leaderboard on 18 or 9. I was like, Dang, I got to make this. Glad I did,” she said laughing.

Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome are tied in fifth place at 5-under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Danielle Kang
-7
64
T2
Nelly Korda
-6
65
T2
Jessica Korda
-6
65
T2
Gaby Lopez
-6
65
T5
Stacy Lewis
-5
66
T5
Brittany Lincicome
-5
66
T7
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
67
T7
Angela Stanford
-4
67
T7
Lexi Thompson
-4
67
T10
In Gee Chun
-3
68
T10
Sophia Popov
-3
68
T12
Celine Boutier
-2
69
T12
Austin Ernst
-2
69
T12
Cheyenne Knight
-2
69
T12
Annie Park
-2
69
T16
Ally Ewing
-1
70
T16
Georgia Hall
-1
70
T16
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
70
T16
Mel Reid
-1
70
T20
Mi Jung Hur
E
71
T20
Hee Young Park
E
71
22
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
72
T23
Bronte Law
2
73
T23
Madelene Sagstrom
2
73
25
Cydney Clanton
4
75
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