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Korda sisters staff for share of lead in Midland

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MIDLAND, Mich. — Nelly and Jessica Korda teamed to shoot a 5-under 65 in alternate-shot play Wednesday for a share of the first-round lead within the Dow Nice Lakes Bay Invitational.

“I believe our video games are fairly related,” Nelly Korda stated. “We all know one another rather well, and I really feel like we’re each aggressive. And it’s extremely tender out right here this week, so that you type of should be aggressive.”

Defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura joined “Workforce Jelly” and Pajaree Anannarukarn-Aditi Ashok and Jillian Hollis-Lauren Stephenson atop the leaderboard at Midland Nation Membership. The groups will play finest ball Thursday, alternate shot Friday and shut with finest ball Saturday.

Nelly Korda is making her first begin since profitable the Meijer LPGA Traditional and the KPMG Ladies’s PGA in consecutive weeks to take the No. 1 spot on the earth rating. The sisters will characterize the U.S. within the Olympics, becoming a member of Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson in Tokyo.

“Truthfully, taking part in on this staff occasion and taking part in alongside Jess [I] suppose made it rather a lot simpler for it to be my first event as a world No. 1, however I simply had plenty of enjoyable,” Nelly Korda stated. “I used to be a bit nervous on the primary tee shot, however after that we simply type of caught to our plan and had enjoyable.”

Suwannapura and Clanton received the inaugural occasion by 6 pictures in 2019. The event was canceled final 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe we belief one another’s video games rather a lot,” Suwannapura stated. “Like after we play good, we’re proper alongside, good golf sport; however after we miss a shot, it is type of like we really feel like we contact one another, she obtained this, I obtained this, after which we make up-and-down for par. I believe that is an enormous key for us.”

Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid have been a stroke again with Wichanee Meechai and Pavarisa Yoktuan.

Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu have been at 67 with sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn and Mi Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6.

Kang and Lydia Ko opened with a 68. Thompson and Nasa Hataoka have been one other stroke again. Hataoka received the Marathon LPGA Traditional final week in Ohio.

The Evian Championship, the fourth main of the 12 months, is subsequent week in France.

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