Jessica Korda leads Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
MOBILE, Alabama (AP)
Jessica Korda shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Karrie Webb after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.
Korda had seven birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.
''I'm hitting the ball good and I'm having a lot of fun out there,'' Korda said. ''I feel really comfortable out here. This is definitely one of the stops I wanted to come back to and I hope we can keep this event as long as possible because I really like it.''
The daughter of former tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Raichrtova, the 20-year-old Korda won the 2012 Women's Australian Open for her lone LPGA Tour title.
''Really the tournament starts back nine on Sunday,'' Korda said. ''So right now, it's great to have the lead and I feel good.''
Webb also had a bogey-free round, birdieing the last three holes for a 63.
The 38-year-old Webb won the last of her 38 LPGA Tour titles in 2011. The Australian played alongside Korda and Brittany Lincicome the first two rounds.
''When you're playing with Jess and Brittany, if I hit a really good one I'm 20 yards behind them,'' Webb said. ''In certain parts of the golf course where they can carry parts that I can't, I'm 40 yards behind them, so I'm the little short one out there trying to keep up with the big girls.''
Korda birdied three of the four par-5 holes.
''I reached every single one today, so that's been really nice,'' Korda said. ''Yeah, we give Webby a hard time. She did outdrive me on the first hole today and she's like, `What's going on?' And I'm like, `Did you work out last night?' . We were just keeping it kind of light out there and having a good time.''
Chella Choi was two strokes back at 11 under after a 66.
''Today and yesterday my putting was really good,'' Choi said. ''My confidence is better.''
Sydnee Michaels had a course-record 62 to join Pornanong Phatlum (65) and Thidapa Suwannapura (67) at 10 under.
Defending champion Stacy Lewis was 4 under after her second straight 70. She had a double bogey in the par-3 14th after hitting in the water.
Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 75. Lincicome also missed the cut, shooting 75-70.