Golf: Nelly Korda looks to make it back-to-back wins for the family in Singapore

Nelly Korda hits a shot during round three of the HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament in Singapore on March 3, 2018.
Nelly Korda hits a shot during round three of the HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament in Singapore on March 3, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - A week after Jessica Korda won in Thailand, younger sister Nelly will aim to make it back-to-back LPGA Tour wins for the Korda household.

Nelly, 19 and five years younger than her sibling, fired a seven-under 65 on Saturday (March 3) to jump into the lead at the HSBC Women's World Championship.

She is on 15-under 201, one clear of overnight leader and fellow American Danielle Kang (70 and 202) at the US$1.5 million (S$2 million) tournament.

Nelly joined the LPGA last year and has yet to win on the circuit. The world No. 56 was tied-14th at last week's Honda LPGA Thailand. Her best finish on the LPGA are two tied-fifths at last year's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

"I was hitting it really well off the tee. I was aggressive when I needed to be. I rolled a couple putts in that resulted in seven under. I'm very happy with how it ended," she said.

"But I still have 18 more holes to go. There's still a bunch of great girls, great golfers up on the leaderboard near me. So I have to bring my A Game again tomorrow."

A further three strokes back from Kang at the Sentosa Golf Club was Brooke Henderson, who also shot 65 and is on 205 alongside Minjee Lee (68).

Kang, who made her first bogey of the tournament on the 15th hole on Saturday and then dropped another shot on her closing hole, said: "I grinded it out today. Actually I wasn't hitting it very well in the beginning. The greens were kind of slower for me the front nine, so I left everything short.

"But towards the end, I just started to hit it harder and give it more of a chance for birdies. I got unlucky on the last hole, hit in the fairway and end up in a patch of sand and seen it plugged, all that stuff. It's okay. We have another 18 holes to play."

Nelly's sister Jessica shot 68 and was tied-fifth on 206. She was joined by Michelle Wie (66), Ko Jin Young (67) and Marina Alex (70).

The only time in the 68-year history of the LPGA that sisters have both won tournaments, was Sweden's Sorenstam sisters Annika and Charlotta in 2000.

Former world No. 1 Lydia Ko shot 67 and was tied-12th on 209, alongside Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul (68) at the New Tanjong Course.

Top-ranked Feng Shanshan of China signed for a 71 and was joint-22nd on 211 while defending champion Park In Bee shot 70 and is on 213 and tied-30th.