Olympics-Golf-Korda fires up with hot 62 to take four-shot lead at Games

5/8/2021 10:47:00 AM

Olympics-Golf-Korda fires up with hot 62 to take four-shot lead at Games

Olympics-Golf-Korda fires up with hot 62 to take four-shot lead at Games

KAWAGOE, Japan : Nelly Korda ignited the Olympic golf with a second round 62 in sapping heat on Thursday to put the United States top of the leaderboard by four strokes as a storm forecast threatened to cut the tournament short.With the temperature topping 30 degrees Celsius (86F), world number one Korda

KAWAGOE, Japan : Nelly Korda ignited the Olympic golf with a second round 62 in sapping heat on Thursday to put the United States top of the leaderboard by four strokes as a storm forecast threatened to cut the tournament short.With the temperature topping 30 degrees Celsius (86F), world number one Korda caught fire at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, flirting with the magical 59 after nine birdies and an eagle heading up the 18th.

She needed one more birdie to join Annika Sorenstam in the record books on 59, 20 years after the Swedish great's groundbreaking day in Phoenix, Arizona, but instead she stumbled with a double-bogey six to finish on nine-under-par.Korda said she was approaching the Games as she would any tournament.

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With the temperature topping 30 degrees Celsius (86F), world number one Korda caught fire at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, flirting with the magical 59 after nine birdies and an eagle heading up the 18th. She needed one more birdie to join Annika Sorenstam in the record books on 59, 20 years after the Swedish great's groundbreaking day in Phoenix, Arizona, but instead she stumbled with a double-bogey six to finish on nine-under-par. Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Sport Climbing - Women's Combined - Qualification - Aomi Urban Sports Park - Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Korda said she was approaching the Games as she would any tournament.92m to sit at the top of the standings heading into the evening slate of events. "I think when people ask me if I prepare more or put more meaning than normal (into) majors or Olympics or whatever, I say, 'no', because I go into any type of an event with the same demeanour and the same goal," she told reporters. Click to see the gallery. Korda's 13-under total of 129 left her four ahead of Danish duo Nanna Koerstz Madsen (64) and Emily Kristine Pedersen (63), and India's surprise package Aditi Ashok (66).S.

Sweden's overnight leader Madelene Sagstrom (68) was fifth on eight-under, while Japan's Mone Inami was a stroke further back after a 65.97 second run in the opening speed event, coming within a hair's breadth of the world record as the sport makes its Games debut.86 metres in the high jump. With a tropical storm forecast to hit Saturday and possibly cut the event to 54 holes, Korda's Thursday thriller could prove decisive in the chase for a gold medal and a family heirloom to compare with her father Petr's Australian Open tennis trophy. "Whatever happens, happens.96 seconds, was in fifth place with a time of 7. But I'm not going to set my mind that it's going to be less than 72 holes right now," she said. After opening with four straight pars, Korda set the course ablaze from the fifth, notching four birdies and an eagle on the sixth to round the turn at 30. She left the stage in tears after falling at the last moment of her second run. Israel's Alberto Michan and Syria's Ahmad Saber Hamcho suffered falls, albeit without any apparent injuries to horse and rider.

Drawing breath with pars on 10 and 11, she renewed her onslaught from the 12th with another five birdies in six holes. Having seemed unstoppable, she hooked her tee-shot into rough at the 18th and effectively gave up the record bid by bunting her recovery into the fairway rather than shooting for the green. The format leaves plenty of opportunity for rankings to change with bouldering and lead events to follow later on Wednesday. Her third shot found a greenside bunker and she slid a bogey putt past the hole to give her rivals a better chance of catching her on Friday. South Korea's world number two Ko Jin-young (67), six strokes behind, may be best placed to dislodge Korda if the tournament lasts the full distance. Japan's Miho Nonaka, another medal contender, demonstrated the fruits of her training in speed, placing fourth with a time of 7. New Zealand's former world number one Lydia Ko (66), the silver medallist at Rio, three-putted her last two holes for bogeys to fall back to five-under, eight behind Korda.S.

Rio bronze winner Feng Shanshan of China shot a 64, 10 strokes better than her opening round, to sit nine off the pace, while 2016 champion Park Inbee is 10 behind after a grinding 70. Advertisement Advertisement The start of women's competition follows a day of breakthrough and reversal for France's two Mawem brothers in the men's event: the pair secured places the final before the elder brother, Bassa, was forced to drop out due to injury. (This story refiles to fix byline, no change to text) (Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford) Source: Reuters .