Danish star Nanna Koerstz Madsen will take a three-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of the LPGA Tour’s JTBC Basic as she seeks a second win in a fortnight forward of subsequent week’s first main of 2022.
A joint in a single day chief, Koerstz Madsen shot three-under 69 at Aviara Golf Membership in Carlsbad, California on Saturday and benefited from Na Rin An’s triple bogey on the final to say the useful and sudden lead at 14 below.
An, the South Korean rookie who earned tour membership because the LPGA Q-Sequence medallist, had eagled the brief par-4 sixteenth and birdied the par-5 seventeenth to tie Koerstz Madsen for the lead.
However on the 18th, attempting to hit off the cart path close to the inexperienced, An fired the ball low into the trail curb, sending it bounding down the trail. She was in a position to hit her subsequent shot off the trail onto the sting of the inexperienced and made a seven for a 69.
Coming off her breakthrough victory two weeks in the past in Thailand that made her the LPGA Tour’s first Danish champion, Koerstz Madsen did not anticipate to really feel any extra comfy on Sunday this time.
“I do assume it will be simpler going into tomorrow with a lead than it was in Thailand,” Koerstz Madsen stated.
“You continue to have all pleasure in your physique that you just received management tomorrow. … Three can change over two holes. … I nonetheless must do my stuff, after which we’ll see what occurs tomorrow.”
Minjee Lee heads the Australian contingent however is a distant eight photographs behind Koerstz Madsen at six below after a 70 whereas rookie Steph Kyriacou (71) is an additional three strokes again in a tie for forty ninth.
High-ranked Jin Younger Ko, enjoying alongside An, hit into the water on 18 en path to a bogey and a 70 that left her tied for third at 10 below with Pajaree Anannarukarn (69) and Maude-Aimee Leblanc (70).
Coming off a victory three weeks in the past in Singapore, Ko has received six of her final 10 tournaments.
Lilia Vu (65), Nasa Hataoka (68), Charley Hull (68), Janie Jackson (69) and Hye-Jin Choi (68) have been 9 below.