Jessica Korda leads Bahamas LPGA Classic

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014
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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Jessica Korda took the second-round lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, birdieing four of her last seven holes in high wind Friday for a 7-under 66.

The 20-year-old Korda had an 11-under 135 total on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course.

"We went from beautiful, sunny, slight wind to cloudy and hurricane wind," Korda said. "It was a tough day out there. I mean, a little mentally draining because you really had to put everything into every shot."

The 2012 Women's Australian Open winner for her lone LPGA Tour title, Korda recently started working with swing coach Grant Price. She struggled with her swing last year and felt that it led to some injuries in her left shoulder and wrist.

"It was just time for a change," Korda said. "There was just stuff that wasn't working. I've worked with (Grant) before, so I was really comfortable going into it, and he's just super positive, and that's something that I really needed coming into this year.

"We're just working on keeping everything in plane and keeping it really simple to where if something does go wrong on the golf course, I can fix it myself."

Price, Hall of Famer Nick Price's nephew, is fighting testicular cancer.

Paula Creamer, playing alongside Korda, was a stroke back after a 65.

"Feeding off Paula was good," Korda said. "She made four birdies in a row after (starting with a double bogey), and it wasn't like she wasn't giving herself opportunities. It was birdie after birdie. It was awesome to play with somebody like that because they really do push you and keep making you try harder."

Creamer drove left on the first hole and three-putted from 7 feet. She birdied 10 of the last 17 holes.



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