Lacoste Ladies Open de France R2

Nelly Korda takes six-stroke lead into weekend

September 19-22
Golf du Médoc, Chateaux Course, Le Pian-Médoc, France
€325,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


World No.10 Nelly Korda, the joint leading points’ scorer for the United States Solheim Cup team at Gleneagles last week, took command on day two of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf du Medoc, near Bordeaux.

Lacoste Ladies Open de France R2 - Nelly Korda carded a 7-under 64 to take a six-stroke lead into the weekend on 10-under-par
Credit: Tristan Jones

The 21-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, carded a morning round of seven-under-par 64 to take a six-stroke lead into the weekend on 10-under-par.

England’s Charlotte Thompson, Joanna Klatten from France and Spanish Solheim Cup star Azahara Muñoz, who all played in the hot and breezy afternoon conditions, are tied for second on four-under.

Fellow European Solheim Cup player Céline Boutier from France is seven shots from the lead, in a tie for fifth place with Nobuhle Dlamini, Jenny Haglund and Madelene Sagstrom, while the defending champion, Caroline Hedwall, is tied for 14th on level par.


Korda began her birdie run on the Chateaux course’s par-4 11th hole, rolling in a putt from around six feet. She then made three birdies in a row from the 13th. Although she carded a bogey on the short 17th, she made another short birdie putt on the 18th for a back nine total of four-under-par 31 to take a two stroke lead through the turn.

She then birdied the par-5 second – her sixth birdie in 11 holes – and finished the round by walking in an eagle putt from 10 yards, making a three on the par-5 ninth for the second successive day.

“There’s still a lot of golf to be played, but I played really well today,” she said. “I started off hot on the front nine and hit the brakes on the back nine and missed a couple of short putts. I ended with a nice eagle. I’m actually glad that putt on 18 caught the hole, as it would have gone by a couple of feet, but I guess I’m comfortable on the greens this week.”

Temperatures reached 32C in the afternoon at Le Pian de Medoc, but a swirling breeze made scoring trickier for the afternoon starters.

Thompson had a one-under-par round containing four birdies and three dropped shots. “The bogeys that I had were two three putts so that was a bit disappointing, but I managed to bounce straight back with birdies. It’s such a great course out there; it’s such a good course for me and I love it,” she said.

“It’s such a good test of golf and suits the longer hitters, because it’s long out there. I’ve hit a couple of driver, 6-irons and I’m one of the longer hitters in the game. It is tough and it demands good shots. I really like it.”


Tied for the lead overnight, Muñoz slipped back with a double bogey and two bogeys on her card, against three birdies.

“It was a so-so day. I don’t feel I played that badly. I had a lot of shots that I didn’t hit close, but it was really windy out there. I made a couple of silly mistakes: one with the driver and one where I hit it in the water, so I made a double and then a bogey to finish, that was it,” said the two-time tournament winner. “Nelly beat me by eight shots today, so she definitely had a great round and hopefully I can have some on the weekend.”

Klatten went to the turn in two-under, but found the penalty area left off the tee on the 11th and dropped a shot. She said that she enjoyed playing for a home crowd.

“It was nice because I had a crowd following. Even if it’s 20 or 30 people, it means a lot and makes you fight that extra inch,” she said.

The cut was made at six-over-par and 65 players will compete over the weekend.


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Nelly Korda
-10
68
64
132
2
Charlotte Thompson
-4
68
70
138
2
Azahara Munoz
-4
66
72
138
2
Joanna Klatten
-4
68
70
138
5
Celine Boutier
-3
70
69
139
5
Nobuhle Dlamini
-3
70
69
139
5
Jenny Haglund
-3
70
69
139
5
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
66
73
139
9
Linnea Strom
-2
68
72
140
9
Sanna Nuutinen
-2
67
73
140
11
Olivia Cowan
-1
69
72
141
11
Esther Henseleit
-1
69
72
141
11
Emily Kristine Pedersen
-1
74
67
141
14
Jessica Karlsson
Par
69
73
142
14
Agathe Sauzon
Par
74
68
142
14
Laura Fuenfstueck
Par
72
70
142
14
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne
Par
70
72
142
14
Celine Herbin
Par
72
70
142
14
Cajsa Persson
Par
73
69
142
14
Manon De Roey
Par
70
72
142
14
Whitney Hillier
Par
71
71
142
14
Caroline Hedwall
Par
72
70
142
14
Silvia Banon
Par
71
71
142
14
Felicity Johnson
Par
73
69
142
25
Ursula Wikstrom
1
70
73
143
25
Michele Thomson
1
71
72
143
25
Luna Sobron
1
73
70
143
25
Tonje Daffinrud
1
72
71
143
25
Noemi Jimenez Martin
1
70
73
143
25
Kelsey Macdonald
1
72
71
143
31
Marianne Skarpnord
2
71
73
144
31
Meghan MacLaren
2
70
74
144
31
Carly Booth
2
71
73
144
31
Aditi Ashok
2
71
73
144
31
Anais Meyssonnier
2
70
74
144
31
Lina Boqvist
2
69
75
144
37
Lydia Hall
3
70
75
145
37
Emie Peronnin
3
74
71
145
37
Gabriella Cowley
3
74
71
145
37
Karolin Lampert
3
70
75
145
37
Diksha Dagar
3
72
73
145
37
Becky Morgan
3
75
70
145
37
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
3
79
66
145
44
Maria Hernandez
4
72
74
146
44
Camilla Lennarth
4
73
73
146
44
Stacy Lee Bregman
4
74
72
146
44
Valentine Derrey
4
75
71
146
44
Maha Haddioui
4
77
69
146
44
Emilie Alonso
4
72
74
146
44
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso
4
73
73
146
44
Eleanor Givens
4
74
72
146
44
Kylie Henry
4
72
74
146
53
Noora Komulainen
5
71
76
147
53
Lynn Carlsson
5
75
72
147
53
Julia Engstrom
5
76
71
147
53
Filippa Moork
5
74
73
147
53
Isabelle Boineau
5
78
69
147
53
Lejan Lewthwaite
5
76
71
147
53
Carmen Alonso
5
75
72
147
60
Linda Wessberg
6
73
75
148
60
Candice Mahe (a)
6
75
73
148
60
Stefania Avanzo
6
77
71
148
60
Mathilda Cappeliez
6
70
78
148
60
Tvesa Malik
6
73
75
148
60
Florentyna Parker
6
76
72
148
Cut Round 2
66
Marie Fourquier
7
74
75
149
66
Justine Dreher
7
71
78
149
66
Sarah Schober
7
78
71
149
66
Laura Gomez Ruiz
7
75
74
149
66
Elia Folch
7
76
73
149
71
Astha Madan
8
77
73
150
71
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels
8
73
77
150
71
Cloe Frankish
8
79
71
150
71
Krista Bakker
8
74
76
150
71
Johanna Gustavsson
8
76
74
150
71
Alexandra Bonetti
8
77
73
150
77
Elina Nummenpaa
9
77
74
151
77
Manon Gidali
9
79
72
151
77
Ariane Provot
9
73
78
151
77
Emma Nilsson
9
74
77
151
77
Charlotte Leathem
9
78
73
151
77
Kiran Matharu
9
79
72
151
77
Trish Johnson
9
79
72
151
77
Frida Gustafsson Spang
9
75
76
151
85
Fanny Cnops
10
72
80
152
85
Sian Evans
10
76
76
152
85
Ines Lescudier
10
75
77
152
85
Liz Young
10
73
79
152
85
Ana Menendez
10
76
76
152
90
Chloe Leurquin
11
78
75
153
90
Anne-Lise Caudal
11
79
74
153
90
Maria Palacios
11
76
77
153
90
Minea Blomqvist
11
76
77
153
90
Lara Plachetka Pohl
11
77
76
153
95
Emma Grechi
12
82
72
154
95
Emilie Piquot
12
79
75
154
95
Amy Walsh
12
75
79
154
95
Niina Liias
12
81
73
154
95
Beth Allen
12
77
77
154
95
Christine Wolf
12
73
81
154
101
Manon Molle
14
78
78
156
101
Lauren Taylor
14
83
73
156
103
Camille Chevalier
15
76
81
157
104
Sarah Nilsson
17
77
82
159
104
Lucie Andre
17
82
77
159
106
Nadine Dreher
18
84
76
160
107
Leticia Ras-anderica
19
83
78
161
108
Diana Luna
71
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