The Mobile Bay LPGA Classic at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove has turned into a record-breaking shootout. There have been two records broken this week, and other players putting up nice numbers in a tournament where most of the top LPGA players have decided to skip. The tournament has seen three different leaders in three days, so can current leader, Chella Choi break with tradition here and close it out on Sunday?
Chella Choi ended her third round on Saturday afternoon with a slim one-shot lead over Anna Nordqvist, who shot a course record -11 under par 61 to get herself into a tie for second place with 54 hole leader Jessica Korda at -11 under par.
Nordqvist stole the show on Saturday with her record-breaking performance and was the second player this week to rewrite the record books. Sydnee Michaels posted a 10-under 62 in Friday’s second round, but Nordqvist one-upped her on a day that included 10 birdies, an eagle and one bogey.
The 25 year-old Swede, who played her collegiate golf at Arizona State blistered the Crossings Course going on a five-hole birdie run starting at the third hole, and making the turn at 31. The assault continued on the back nine as she picked up an eagle at the par five 13th hole. After making her only bogey at the 14th hole, she made another three-hole birdie run starting on 15.
Her bogey at the 14th hole was a fluke that was caused by hitting the center of the fairway, and her ball landing in a sanded divot. She was unable to convert, and made bogey.
Nordqvist hit 14 of 14 fairways on Saturday, and 17 of 18 greens in regulations. Her only miss, was when she made bogey. She was one for one in sand saves, and needed only 26 putts to get to the clubhouse.
Lost in the excitement of Nordqvist’s record-breaking round, was a bogey free -9 under 63 carded by the number two Rolex player, Stacy Lewis. Lewis shot herself back into this tournament, and ended her day four shots off the pace, at -13 under par.
Lewis hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, and needed only 27 putts to get around the course near Mobile, Alabama.
First round leader, Lexi Thompson has not been able to find the magic she had on Thursday. With all of the low scores flying around, her 69 on Saturday left her in the dust. She has fell into a tie for eighth place with three other golfers at -11 under par including the youngster from Thailand, Ariya Jutanugarn.
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