Date: February 11, 2012
Author: Sportal

Korda shoots into lead

American teenager Jessica Korda leads the ISPS Handa Women&aposs Australian Open after the third round at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Saturday. The American teenager was two-under for the day and six-under for the tournament after 10 holes but bogeys on the 13th and 17th left her even-par for the round and leading the field by just one shot. But the 18-year-old remains in front though, mainly due to a poor day for the overnight leaders. “I finished pretty strong and kept at level par,” said Korda. I felt like that at the start of the day but as things started going on and on, I started feeling shaky as the wind gusted towards the end of the day.” I saw a couple of leader boards but honestly I was trying to work out everything. The wind was picking up and coming back down. I had to back off a lot of shots.” Korean pair So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo shot three-over and two-over respectively to finish the day tied for second. They are joined at three-under by Australian Nikki Campbell, who was the big mover at Royal Melbourne on Saturday as the players struggled to cope with the windy conditions. The 31-year-old Australian hit five birdies in her three-under 70, including one on the par four 18th, to be in with a shot of winning on Sunday. But after a tough third day, there are plenty of contenders for the Australian Open title and the US$1.1 million prize money. Eight players are within three shots of Korda, including two of the world&aposs top 10. World number one Yani Tseng is on two-under, while world number nine Brittany Lincicome is one-under.