LPGA Drive On Championship R1

Nelly Korda in three-way tie for lead in Florida

March 04-07
Golden Ocala Golf Club, Ocala, Florida
$1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




One week after her fourth career victory, Nelly Korda shot a bogey-free, 5-under par 67 in the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship presented by Volvik at Golden Ocala. She has now shot under par in nine straight rounds to open the 2021 season, and has had 10 consecutive under-par rounds dating back to the 2020 CME Group Tour Championship.


“I’m more about consistency,” said Korda after hitting 12 greens in regulation on Thursday and 10 of 14 fairways. “I know there are going to be bad rounds and you can’t play perfect every single round, but the more you minimize your mistakes and more consistent you get with your swing, figuring out what works for you, the better.”



“I told my caddie [Jason McDede] that the people who win back-to-back events, props to them,” said Korda. “It is so mentally exhausting. I just take it one week at a time. Small goals eventually build to your big goals.”

Tied alongside Korda for the lead are Austin Ernst and Jennifer Kupcho who struggled on the back nine having to play with blurred vision due to a recurring migraine.


“It’s pretty bad,” said Kupcho after her round. “Even right now everything is really blurry. I can’t really see anything over to the left. So, yeah, it’s definitely really hard. I pretty much just lean on my caddie a lot, just trust him and try to do the best that I can.”

“Usually, the blurriness goes away within 45 minutes, but they kind of come on at any point. I was standing over a shot and that’s when it kicked in. I never really know.”


Playing in a featured group with Nelly Korda were sister Jessica and World Number 1 Jin Young Ko.

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Jessica fired six birdies and a bogey as well as a double-bogey at the par-3 11th to close with a 69 and a tie for sixth with nine other players.

Ko started her round with a birdie followed by two back-to-back bogeys and two more birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 35 but made four more bogeys on the back nine to close with a 75, her highest start on Tour since a 77 at Hazeltine in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Austin Ernst
-5
67
T1
Nelly Korda
-5
67
T1
Jennifer Kupcho
-5
67
T4
Jaye Marie Green *
-4
68
T4
Jing Yan *
-4
68
T6
Lindy Duncan
-3
69
T6
Mi Jung Hur
-3
69
T6
Megan Khang
-3
69
T6
Katherine Kirk
-3
69
T6
Lydia Ko *
-3
69
T6
Jessica Korda
-3
69
T6
Jeongeun Lee6 *
-3
69
T6
Gaby Lopez *
-3
69
T6
Leona Maguire
-3
69
T6
Mariah Stackhouse
-3
69
T16
Brittany Altomare
-2
70
T16
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
70
T16
In Gee Chun
-2
70
T16
Jenny Coleman *
-2
70
T16
Dani Holmqvist
-2
70
T16
Bronte Law *
-2
70
T16
Yu Liu *
-2
70
T16
Caroline Masson *
-2
70
T16
Jane Park
-2
70
T16
Mel Reid
-2
70
T16
Jennifer Song
-2
70
T16
Patty Tavatanakit *
-2
70
T16
Albane Valenzuela
-2
70
T29
Tiffany Chan *
-1
71
T29
Carlota Ciganda *
-1
71
T29
Perrine Delacour *
-1
71
T29
Ally Ewing *
-1
71
T29
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
T29
Stacy Lewis
-1
71
T29
Stephanie Meadow *
-1
71
T29
Ryann O’Toole *
-1
71
T29
Annie Park
-1
71
T29
Madelene Sagstrom *
-1
71
T29
Sarah Schmelzel *
-1
71
T29
Angel Yin *
-1
71
T41
Aditi Ashok
E
72
T41
Nicole Broch Larsen *
E
72
T41
Ssu-Chia Cheng *
E
72
T41
Daniela Darquea *
E
72
T41
Danielle Kang
E
72
T41
Sarah Kemp *
E
72
T41
Sei Young Kim *
E
72
T41
Xiyu Lin
E
72
T41
Mind Muangkhumsakul *
E
72
T41
Elizabeth Szokol *
E
72
T41
Lindsey Weaver
E
72
T41
Anne van Dam *
E
72
T53
Celine Boutier *
1
73
T53
Sarah Burnham *
1
73
T53
Jennifer Chang *
1
73
T53
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
73
T53
Jiwon Jeon *
1
73
T53
Tiffany Joh
1
73
T53
Haeji Kang
1
73
T53
Nanna Koerstz Madsen *
1
73
T53
Wichanee Meechai *
1
73
T53
Azahara Munoz
1
73
T53
Liz Nagel
1
73
T53
Sung Hyun Park *
1
73
T53
Hee Young Park
1
73
T66
Marina Alex *
2
74
T66
Pajaree Anannarukarn *
2
74
T66
Cydney Clanton
2
74
T66
Georgia Hall
2
74
T66
Mina Harigae *
2
74
T66
Brooke M. Henderson *
2
74
T66
Esther Henseleit
2
74
T66
Charley Hull
2
74
T66
Cristie Kerr
2
74
T66
Brittany Lang *
2
74
T66
Jaclyn Lee
2
74
T66
Yealimi Noh
2
74
T66
Anna Nordqvist
2
74
T66
Sophia Popov *
2
74
T66
Robynn Ree *
2
74
T66
Jenny Shin
2
74
T66
Lauren Stephenson
2
74
T66
Jasmine Suwannapura *
2
74
T66
Lexi Thompson *
2
74
T66
Maria Torres *
2
74
T86
Laura Davies *
3
75
T86
Dana Finkelstein
3
75
T86
Kristen Gillman *
3
75
T86
Nasa Hataoka
3
75
T86
Caroline Inglis *
3
75
T86
Eun-Hee Ji *
3
75
T86
Jin Young Ko
3
75
T86
Mi Hyang Lee
3
75
T86
Haley Moore
3
75
T86
Haru Nomura *
3
75
T86
Pornanong Phatlum *
3
75
T86
Lizette Salas *
3
75
T86
Alena Sharp *
3
75
T86
Angela Stanford
3
75
T100
Chella Choi
4
76
T100
Maria Fassi *
4
76
T100
Sandra Gal
4
76
T100
Jillian Hollis *
4
76
T100
Esther Lee *
4
76
T100
Brittany Lincicome
4
76
T100
Laura Restrepo
4
76
T100
Marissa Steen *
4
76
T100
Emma Talley
4
76
T100
Suzuka Yamaguchi
4
76
T100
Amy Yang
4
76
T111
Gerina Piller *
5
77
T111
Sarah Jane Smith
5
77
T113
Pernilla Lindberg *
6
78
T113
Jackie Stoelting
6
78
T115
Caroline Hedwall
7
79
T115
Katherine Perry-Hamski
7
79
T115
Linnea Strom
7
79
T115
Alana Uriell *
7
79
119
Giulia Molinaro
9
81
120
Muni He *
10
82
* Player started on the back nine
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