ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - R3

Nelly Korda takes lead in Adelaide

February 14-17
The Grange Golf Club, Grange, South Australia
$1,300,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Nelly Korda takes a three shot lead into the final day at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The World No.16 has had a three top ten finishes including a win in her last four starts.


Korda played five birdies on the back nine to card a 67 and move to 12-under.

“Great finish, hopefully I can keep the momentum up tomorrow,” said Korda. “I’m hitting it really well. I struggled a bit with the putting on the front nine, but kind of got it going on the back nine.”


In 1950, Beverly Hanson won the Eastern Open in her LPGA Tour debut. It took 68 years for any player to match that feat, with Jin Young Ko matching Hanson when she won the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Just one year later, Jeongeun Lee6 has the chance to join that elite group. The 22-year-old from the Republic of Korea, who took medalist honors at the 2018 LPGA Q Series to earn Tour Membership, trails leader Nelly Korda by just four strokes heading into Sunday’s final round.

“My goal for today is like top five,” said Lee6. “I want to go step by step. It’s better to win maybe, but it’s going to go step by step, will be fine for now.”

The 6 at the end of Lee6’s name is not a typo. She is the sixth player with that name in the history of the Korean LPGA Tour, and all six players were assigned their appropriate numeral to differentiate them. Lee6 is joined on the LPGA Tour by Lee5, Jeong Eun Lee, who is not in this week’s field.


Playing in the first group off at 7:40 a.m., Amy Olson had the round of the day at 6-under 66. The North Dakota native carded an eagle-3 at No. 5 and added four more birdies to her bogey-free round, skyrocketing up the leaderboard from a tie for 60th into a tie for 18th.

“Some days it’s your day and some days it isn’t,” said Olson, who will tee off at Noon on Sunday, nearly four-and-a-half hours later than she did on Saturday. “You just kind of stay patient. It was really fun making a couple long putts early, and I made some good par saves, like on the 18th, and just keeps the momentum going.”

Player notes

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Nelly Korda (71-66-67, -12)

• This is the fourth time that Korda holds the lead heading into the final round, including during her victory at the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
• She hit 1114 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 28 putts
• Korda is in her third LPGA Tour season; she won the 2018 Swinging Skirts Taiwan LPGA Championship and has 13 top-10 finishes
• Korda is playing in her third ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she finished T40 in both 2017 and 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 164 Haru Nomura (70-67-70, -9)

• This is the second consecutive week that Nomura enters the final round trailing by three strokes, following last week’s ISPS Handa Vic Open, where she ultimately finished tied for fifth
• She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, with 29 putts
• Nomura is in her ninth season on the LPGA Tour; she has wins at the 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, 2016 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC and 2017 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout presented by JTBC
• Nomura is playing in her seventh ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she won the 2016 tournament at The Grange Golf Club and finished T3 in 2017
• This is Nomura’s second LPGA Tour event since the 2018 CP Women’s Open; she dealt with a back injury for much of the 2018 season

Of note

Defending champion Jin Young Ko is tied for sixth at -7, five strokes behind leader Nelly Korda

Hannah Green is the leading Australian at -6, followed by Sarah Kemp at -5

Jane Park was disqualified following her round for signing an incorrect scorecard


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Nelly Korda
-12
71
66
67
204
2
Haru Nomura
-9
70
67
70
207
T3
Jeongeun Lee6
-8
72
69
67
208
T3
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-8
65
73
70
208
T3
Wei-Ling Hsu
-8
65
69
74
208
T6
Jin Young Ko
-7
68
72
69
209
T6
Yu Liu
-7
69
70
70
209
T6
Bronte Law
-7
67
72
70
209
T9
Mirim Lee
-6
73
69
68
210
T9
Moriya Jutanugarn
-6
68
72
70
210
T10
Alena Sharp
-6
69
71
70
210
T11
Sarah Kemp
-5
72
71
68
211
T9
Hannah Green
-6
68
69
73
210
T12
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
72
70
69
211
T14
Angel Yin
-5
72
69
70
211
T13
Marissa Steen
-5
70
71
70
211
T13
Madelene Sagstrom
-5
67
67
77
211
T18
Amy Olson
-4
70
76
66
212
T18
Mi Hyang Lee
-4
71
71
70
212
T19
Lauren Stephenson
-4
70
73
69
212
T18
Kristen Gillman
-4
68
74
70
212
T18
Minjee Lee
-4
71
70
71
212
T18
Karrie Webb
-4
67
74
71
212
T18
Gaby Lopez
-4
71
69
72
212
T25
Brittany Altomare
-3
69
75
69
213
T25
Azahara Munoz
-3
72
71
70
213
T25
Maria Torres
-3
71
72
70
213
T25
Dana Finkelstein
-3
70
71
72
213
T25
Carlota Ciganda
-3
68
72
73
213
T30
Isi Gabsa
-2
71
74
69
214
T30
Teresa Lu
-2
77
67
70
214
T30
Xiyu Lin
-2
74
69
71
214
T30
Jaclyn Lee
-2
72
71
71
214
T30
Jackie Stoelting
-2
68
75
71
214
T30
Karis Davidson
-2
71
70
73
214
T30
Kris Tamulis
-2
71
68
75
214
T37
Luna Sobron
-1
73
73
69
215
T37
Jaye Marie Green
-1
73
72
70
215
T37
Katherine Kirk
-1
71
74
70
215
T37
Meghan MacLaren
-1
73
69
73
215
T37
Charley Hull
-1
75
66
74
215
T37
Celine Boutier
-1
71
70
74
215
T37
Marina Alex
-1
72
68
75
215
T45
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
74
72
70
216
T44
Tonje Daffinrud
E
72
73
71
216
T44
Elizabeth Szokol
E
71
74
71
216
T44
Mina Harigae
E
72
72
72
216
T44
Amy Yang
E
70
70
76
216
T46
Felicity Johnson
E
71
72
73
216
T50
Sakura Yokomine
1
76
70
71
217
T50
Annie Park
1
70
76
71
217
T51
Ariya Jutanugarn
1
76
69
72
217
T50
Celine Herbin
1
71
72
74
217
T51
Pornanong Phatlum
1
71
74
72
217
T55
Munchin Keh
2
72
74
72
218
T55
Nicole Broch Larsen
2
73
72
73
218
T55
Catriona Matthew
2
73
72
73
218
T55
Caroline Masson
2
71
74
73
218
T55
Charlotte Thomas
2
74
70
74
218
T55
Sarah Schmelzel
2
70
74
74
218
T55
Lindsey Weaver
2
72
71
75
218
T62
Ayako Uehara
3
73
73
73
219
T62
Kim Kaufman
3
72
74
73
219
T62
Lizette Salas
3
71
75
73
219
T62
Thidapa Suwannapura
3
74
71
74
219
T66
Stephanie Meadow
4
73
73
74
220
T66
Lindy Duncan
4
71
73
76
220
68
Lee-Anne Pace
5
73
72
76
221
69
Morgan Pressel
6
74
72
76
222
CUT
Peiyun Chien
3
76
71
CUT
Yuri Yoshida (a)
3
76
71
CUT
Alison Lee
3
75
72
CUT
Rebecca Artis
3
74
73
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
3
74
73
CUT
Daniela Darquea
3
73
74
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
3
73
74
CUT
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
3
73
74
CUT
Amy Walsh
3
73
74
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan
3
71
76
CUT
Mel Reid
3
70
77
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
4
77
71
CUT
Aditi Ashok
4
75
73
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
4
75
73
CUT
Chella Choi
4
74
74
CUT
Muni He
4
73
75
CUT
Christina Kim
4
73
75
CUT
Stephanie Na
4
73
75
CUT
Benyapa Niphatsophon
4
73
75
CUT
Beatriz Recari
4
73
75
CUT
Lydia Ko
4
71
77
CUT
Pei-Ying Tsai
4
71
77
CUT
Haeji Kang
4
70
78
CUT
Georgia Hall
4
69
79
CUT
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (a)
5
79
70
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
5
78
71
CUT
Mo Martin
5
76
73
CUT
Emma Talley
5
76
73
CUT
Ally McDonald
5
75
74
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
5
75
74
CUT
Mayu Wakui (a)
5
75
74
CUT
Laura Davies
5
74
75
CUT
Hina Arakaki
5
73
76
CUT
Brittany Marchand
5
73
76
CUT
Brittany Lang
5
72
77
CUT
Erika Hara
5
70
79
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
6
79
71
CUT
Brianna Do
6
77
73
CUT
Hanee Song
6
77
73
CUT
Klara Spilkova
6
77
73
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
6
77
73
CUT
Kendall Dye
6
76
74
CUT
Megan Khang
6
76
74
CUT
Cathryn Bristow
6
74
76
CUT
Linnea Strom
7
78
73
CUT
Kylie Henry
7
76
75
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
7
76
75
CUT
Michele Thomson
7
76
75
CUT
Jenny Haglund
7
75
76
CUT
Yae Eun Hong (a)
7
75
76
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
7
74
77
CUT
Yani Tseng
8
78
74
CUT
Prima Thammaraks
8
77
75
CUT
Miki Sakai
8
76
76
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
8
76
76
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
8
76
76
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
8
75
77
CUT
Joanna Klatten
8
74
78
CUT
Whitney Hillier
9
77
76
CUT
Amy Boulden
9
75
78
CUT
Becca Huffer
9
75
78
CUT
Doey Choi (a)
9
73
80
CUT
Dottie Ardina
10
84
70
CUT
Olivia Cowan
10
80
74
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
10
78
76
CUT
Holly Clyburn
10
77
77
CUT
Hira Naveed (a)
10
75
79
CUT
Paula Creamer
10
73
81
CUT
Candie Kung
11
84
71
CUT
Beth Allen
11
79
76
CUT
Ruixin Liu
11
75
80
CUT
Christine Wolf
11
73
82
CUT
Su Oh
14
77
81
WD
Hee Jung Lim
77
DQ
Jane Park
69
73
70
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