Nelly Korda says she is pleased with how she battled difficult conditions to stay in contention for the Lotte Championship. With the players enjoying pleasant conditions on day one at Ko Olina Golf Club, they were tested more severely on Friday as the wind picked up in Hawaii during the second round.
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First-round leader Korda made six birdies and two bogeys to sign for a four-under-par 68 to move onto -13 for the tournament, leaving her in sole possession of second and two shots off the pace. Speaking about her performance on day two, the 20-year-old American was happy to have overcome the testing conditions and remain in striking distance heading into the weekend.
“It was completely different to yesterday,” she was quoted as saying by golfweek.com. “I actually experienced Hawaii weather today. It was tough. I didn’t hit every shot perfect. I had a couple of bogeys. But I ended up playing pretty solid today.”
South Korean Eun-Hee Ji shot a brilliant seven-under-par 65 to climb into first place on -15, breaking the tournament’s 36-hole record by five strokes. Reacting to her round, she said: “I think it was lucky (today). I had to chip it in three times. Makes a lot of difference for me.”