Hugel-Air Premia LA Open R1

Jessica Korda equals course record to take lead

LA Open 2021 R1
April 21-24
Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California
$1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Jessica Korda carded eight birdies and a single bogey to take a one-stroke lead in the Hugel Air-Premia LA Open on Thursday and equalled the 7-under 64 record set in 2019 by Americans Megan Khang and Annie Park.


LA Open 2021 R1

“I was lucky enough that I was hitting the ball well last week (in Hawaii). I just wasn’t making any putts, and so I was kind of just taking that mentality into this week. Like if I can maybe drop some putts I can have a good round,” said Korda. “But out here it’s tough. This isn’t an easy golf course at all. I was lucky to be able to position myself in the right spots off the tee and take advantage of the short putts that I did have for birdie.”


LA Open 2021 R1

2018 champion Moriya Jutanugarn was 4-over through five holes, but played her final 13 holes at 10-under, including six consecutive birdies. The comeback 6-under 65 puts the 26-year-old Thai sensation in a tie for second with Tiffany Chan.

“I will say it’s pretty fun day today. It’s kind of really like a roller coaster. I started with double par, bogey, something like that on the first six holes,” said Jutanugarn. “I started to make some putts and then I had a lot more chance today because I hit it a lot more like closer. When I start to make a little bit more putts, then it’s kind of make me having a fun day.”


LA Open 2021 R1

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Chan, a native of Hong Kong who spent two years in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, carded seven birdies, including four straight on holes 5-8, and hit 15 of 18 greens. Chan still considers Wilshire to be her home course, despite living full time in Las Vegas, and said that she felt that inside knowledge played to her advantage.

“My goal was to try not to be too aggressive because it’s my home course so I know the course really well,” said Chan. “So I still tried to be a little more conservative.”

Five players are tied for fourth at 5-under: Americans Dana Finkelstein, Nelly Korda and Austin Ernst; Australia’s Su Oh; and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda. Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko is tied for ninth at 4-under, while Minjee Lee, who is defending her 2019 LA Open title after the tournament was not conducted in 2020, opened with a 1-under 70 and is tied for 43rd.

LA Open 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Jessica Korda
-7
64
T2
Tiffany Chan
-6
65
T2
Moriya Jutanugarn
-6
65
T4
Dana Finkelstein
-5
66
T4
Su Oh
-5
66
T4
Carlota Ciganda
-5
66
T4
Austin Ernst
-5
66
T4
Nelly Korda
-5
66
T9
Alison Lee
-4
67
T9
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
67
T9
Sophia Popov
-4
67
T9
Muni He
-4
67
T9
A Lim Kim
-4
67
T9
Sei Young Kim
-4
67
T9
Jin Young Ko
-4
67
T9
Ally Ewing
-4
67
T17
Jennifer Kupcho
-3
68
T17
Angela Stanford
-3
68
T17
Hannah Green
-3
68
T17
Jeongeun Lee6
-3
68
T17
Maria Fassi
-3
68
T17
Marina Alex
-3
68
T17
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
68
T17
So Yeon Ryu
-3
68
T17
Sung Hyun Park
-3
68
T17
Inbee Park
-3
68
T17
Yealimi Noh
-3
68
T17
Morgan Pressel
-3
68
T17
Haeji Kang
-3
68
T17
Xiyu Lin
-3
68
T31
Lindsey Weaver
-2
69
T31
Azahara Munoz
-2
69
T31
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
69
T31
Brooke M. Henderson
-2
69
T31
Shanshan Feng
-2
69
T31
Christina Kim
-2
69
T31
Sarah Kemp
-2
69
T31
Esther Lee
-2
69
T31
Celine Boutier
-2
69
T31
Gaby Lopez
-2
69
T31
Leona Maguire
-2
69
T31
Ryann O’Toole
-2
69
T43
Sarah Burnham
-1
70
T43
Giulia Molinaro
-1
70
T43
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
70
T43
Mel Reid
-1
70
T43
Angel Yin
-1
70
T43
In Kyung Kim
-1
70
T43
Minjee Lee
-1
70
T43
Lexi Thompson
-1
70
T43
Michelle Wie West
-1
70
T43
Jennifer Chang
-1
70
T43
Jane Park
-1
70
T43
Aditi Ashok
-1
70
T43
Charley Hull
-1
70
T43
Gabriela Ruffels
-1
70
T57
Lauren Stephenson
E
71
T57
Ashleigh Buhai
E
71
T57
Amy Yang
E
71
T57
Na Yeon Choi
E
71
T57
Megan Khang
E
71
T57
Min Seo Kwak
E
71
T57
Pajaree Anannarukarn
E
71
T57
Marissa Steen
E
71
T57
Wichanee Meechai
E
71
T57
Gerina Piller
E
71
T57
Dani Holmqvist
E
71
T57
Lauren Kim
E
71
T57
Ariya Jutanugarn
E
71
T57
Anna Nordqvist
E
71
T57
Cristie Kerr
E
71
T57
Sarah Jane Smith
E
71
T57
Louise Ridderstrom
E
71
T74
Haru Nomura
1
72
T74
Jaye Marie Green
1
72
T74
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
72
T74
Elizabeth Szokol
1
72
T74
Brittany Altomare
1
72
T74
Lizette Salas
1
72
T74
Albane Valenzuela
1
72
T74
Mi Hyang Lee
1
72
T74
Annie Park
1
72
T74
Perrine Delacour
1
72
T74
Liz Nagel
1
72
T74
Ssu-Chia Cheng
1
72
T74
Chella Choi
1
72
T74
Brittany Lang
1
72
T74
Laura Davies
1
72
T74
Alena Sharp
1
72
T90
Lindy Duncan
2
73
T90
Stephanie Meadow
2
73
T90
Mina Harigae
2
73
T90
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
73
T90
Matilda Castren
2
73
T90
Maria Fernanda Torres
2
73
T90
Madelene Sagstrom
2
73
T90
Mirim Lee
2
73
T90
Caroline Masson
2
73
T90
Mo Martin
2
73
T90
Anne van Dam
2
73
T90
Caroline Inglis
2
73
T90
Alana Uriell
2
73
T90
Pernilla Lindberg
2
73
T90
Kelly Tan
2
73
T105
Andrea Lee
3
74
T105
Katherine Perry-Hamski
3
74
T105
Hee Young Park
3
74
T105
Yu Liu
3
74
T105
Kristen Gillman
3
74
T105
Georgia Hall
3
74
T105
Emma Talley
3
74
T105
Katherine Kirk
3
74
T105
Robynn Ree
3
74
T114
Patty Tavatanakit
4
75
T114
Jiwon Jeon
4
75
T114
Tiffany Joh
4
75
T114
Yui Kawamoto
4
75
T114
Mind Muangkhumsakul
4
75
T114
Cydney Clanton
4
75
T114
Jasmine Suwannapura
4
75
T114
Amy Olson
4
75
T122
Mariah Stackhouse
5
76
T122
Ayako Uehara
5
76
T122
Jennifer Song
5
76
T122
Jeongeun Lee
5
76
T122
Linnea Strom
5
76
T122
Bethany Wu
5
76
T122
Jackie Stoelting
5
76
T129
Cheyenne Knight
6
77
T129
Jillian Hollis
6
77
T129
Haley Moore
6
77
T129
Jing Yan
6
77
T129
Jenny Coleman
6
77
T134
Lydia Ko
7
78
T134
Linnea Johansson
7
78
T134
Brianna Do
7
78
T137
Daniela Darquea
8
79
T137
Jaclyn Lee
8
79
T139
Yaeeun Hong
9
80
T139
Kim Kaufman
9
80
T139
Maia Schechter
9
80
142
Bronte Law
10
81
143
Suzuka Yamaguchi
15
86
Jenny Shin
WD
Yani Tseng
DQ
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