BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Defending champion Nelly Korda made a 22-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and the third-round lead Saturday within the LPGA Meijer Basic, with six majors champions topping the leaderboard.
Making her second begin since getting back from a four-month break due to a blood clot in her left arm, Korda additionally eagled the par-5 eighth and had three birdies and a bogey. She was at 18-under 198 at Blythefield Nation Membership.
Jennifer Kupcho, two strokes forward of enjoying accomplice Korda getting into the day, had a 69 to drop a shot again. She rebounded from her first bogey of the week — on the par-4 seventeenth — with a two-putt birdie on 18.
The second-ranked Korda tied for eighth two weeks in the past within the U.S. Girls’s Open in her first occasion since early February. She is also the defending champion subsequent week within the KPGA Girls’s PGA at Congressional.
Kupcho gained the most important match at Mission Hills within the California desert in early April for her first LPGA Tour victory.
Brooke Henderson, the ShopRite LPGA Basic winner Sunday in New Jersey and 2017 and 2019 champion at Blythefield, was third at 15 beneath after a 67.
Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had a 68 to get to 14 beneath. Minjee Lee, the U.S. Girls’s Open winner, shot a 66 to hitch Lydia Ko (65) at 13 beneath.
Atthaya Thitikul was 12 beneath after a 67.
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