ANA Inspiration: Brooke Henderson ties for lead with Nelly Korda


Brooke Henderson
Canada’s Henderson is seeking a second major title
-12 B Henderson (Can), N Korda (US); -10 L Thompson (US), K Kirk (Aus), M Lee (Kor); -9 C Ciganda (Spa)
Selected: -8 M Reid (Eng), S Lewis (US); -7 D Kang (US); -4 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng) -2 G Hall (Eng), S Meadow (NI)
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World number three Nelly Korda is tied for the lead with Canada’s Brooke Henderson going into the final round of the ANA Inspiration in California.

Henderson, 23, carded a seven-under 65 in the third round to move level with American Korda, 22, on 12 under.

American Lexi Thompson – like Henderson seeking her second major – is one shot back along with Katherine Kirk of Australia and Mirim Lee of South Korea.

England’s Mel Reid (69) is only four off the lead, Georgia Hall is 10 back.

Reid made back-to back birdies to close her front nine and although she bogeyed the par-four 13th she picked up a shot at the par-five last to remain in contention going into the final day.

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff improved her position to four under after a round that featured four birdies and an eagle in a fine 68 on Mission Hills’ Dinah Shore course.

Former Women’s Open champion Hall slipped out of contention after carding three bogeys in a 74 to move her to two under with Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow.

Korda, hunting her first first major title, has led since the first round but had to bounce back from a double bogey on the sixth to finish the day with a one-under 71.

Thompson, the world number 12, made five birdies on the front nine on her way to a 69 while former champion Stacy Lewis is on eight under with Reid.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda is two shots off the lead with American world number two Danielle Kang five back.

“Being moving day, I wanted a solid round and try to climb the leaderboard as much as possible,” said world number nine Henderson.

“Still a lot of golf to be played, but nice to see my name up there. And hopefully, tomorrow I can post a similar round.”

Korda dropped three shots in the middle of her front nine but is remaining positive about the chances of breaking her major duck.

“It was a disappointing front nine, but I was really proud of the way I fought on the back nine,” she said.

“Never gave up and there’s still 18 more holes to be played – so much golf.”



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