Date: February 17, 2019
Author: Golf Australia

LIVE: Korda nears Open triumph


3:40pm: Nelly Korda has passed through the first 11 holes with a five-shot lead in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at The Grange, and appears to be running away with the title.

After making her first big error of the day leading to a bogey at the ninth, the 20-year-old American launched two big shots down the par-five 10th hole to find the green, and two-putted for a birdie to reach 15-under par.

Then at the par-four 11th she nailed a long birdie putt from 10 metres to stretch the lead out to five shots, having started the day three ahead.

The closest challengers are Angel Yin and Korean Jin-Young Ko at 11-under, in the groups ahead.

Spain’s Azahara Munoz has made a big run on the final day, shooting a 65 to leap into fourth place.

Western Australia’s Hannah Green is the leading Aussie at six-under overall and two-under today, just outside the top 10.

Korda is four-under par for the day having birdied the third, seventh, eighth, 10th  and 11th holes.

The American, ranked 16th in the world and already boasting a win on the LPGA Tour last year in Taiwan, is seeking to become the fourth member of her family to win an Open (either tennis or golf) in Australia.


12:30pm: Nelly Korda’s time is approaching fast.

The American’s three-shot lead in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is about to go on the line as the players begin their fourth-round challenges at The Grange in Adelaide.

Korda, 20, tees off in the final group with Haru Nomura of Japan at 1.20pm today, seeking an Australian Open title to go with the one secured by her father  Petr (tennis), brother Sebastian (tennis) and sister Jessica (golf).

Teresa Lu of Taiwan has been the big mover in the early stages of the final round, with five birdies in the opening seven holes, elevating her to seven-under overall, and tied for sixth.

Australians Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Kemp and Karis Davison are on the course but Lee began with four regulation pars and Webb has conceded a shot.

The best local hope is Western Australia’s Hannah Green, who teed off at 12.30pm at seven-under par, five shots from the lead.

There was early excitement in the morning at The Grange thanks to England's Meghan Maclaren, the young gun recording a hole-in-one at the par-3 8th hole with a perfect 9-iron.

Maclaren caught fire in the middle of her round, making birdies at 6 and 7 before the ace.


7:40am: The final day of the 2019 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open is here with all eyes on today's final group.

Nelly Korda will be joined by Japan's Haru Nomura, the 20-year-old American at 12-under with 18 holes to play after an astonishing 21 birdies so far this week.

Korda is looking to become the fourth member of her family to win an Australian Open title, after sister Jessica won this event at Royal Melbourne, father Petr won the tennis Open in 1998 and younger brother Sebastian claimed the boys' tennis Open in 2018.

Korda is hunting her second LPGA Tour title after claiming her first in October at the Swinging Skirts Taiwan LPGA Championship.

Her Japanese playing partner on Sunday will be hoping to make history of her own, however, after winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open here at The Grange in 2016.

Nomura will start the final round at 9-under, one stroke ahead of a pack of players.

Temperatures are expected to hit the early 30s as the leaders take to The Grange's West Course at 1:20pm local time this afternoon.


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