The beginning of the LPGA’s Asian swing seems as whether it is right down to an All-American duel.

Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang pulled clear of Brooke Henderson and the remainder of the pack Saturday on the Buick Shanghai.

After sticking her method to Three ft on the closing, Korda closed with a birdie to take sole ownership of the lead going into the general spherical.

At 15 beneath general, Korda (66) is a shot forward of Kang (66), the protecting champion, and 5 forward of Henderson (73), who used to be the 36-hole chief.

American rookie Kristen Gillman (68) and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka (67) are six again.

Korda, 26, gained’t be simple to catch as she seeks to win her 6th LPGA name in a 6th other nation. She is a sturdy nearer, having gained 3 of the 4 occasions she has held a 54-hole lead in LPGA occasions. She’s particularly just right across the world, following her leap forward victory on the Ladies’s Australian Open in 2012 with victories within the Bahamas, the USA, Malaysia and Thailand. 

Complete-field ratings from the Buick LPGA Shanghai

What’s it about her sport that travels so smartly?

“Fortunately, I were given to trip with my dad when I used to be a child,” Korda mentioned of her father, Petr, the 1998 Australian Open tennis champ. “I’m used to dwelling out of a suitcase. Resort rooms are houses. It’s simply any other week.”

Korda, Kang and Henderson gave Shanghai a dynamic ultimate grouping Saturday and they are going to be again in combination once more Sunday. Henderson can’t be discounted, even 5 photographs again. She shot 64 on Friday however made the problem Sunday harder with a double bogey on the closing, after tugging her method left, the place it kicked into the water.

Kang, who celebrated her birthday 26th birthday on Saturday, bounced again from a bogey-bogey get started that noticed her fall 4 photographs again. She narrowed the distance with six birdies and an eagle over the general 14 holes. She reached the 17th in two photographs with an awesome fairway picket to four ft after which rolled within the eagle putt to in short tie Korda.

With Cheyenne Knight successful the Volunteers of The us Vintage within the closing LPGA tournament, the American citizens are in search of back-to-back victories, for his or her fourth in particular person stroke play occasions this yr, their 5th general with Cydney Clanton successful a group tournament with Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura.

Korda is making her first get started because the Solheim Cup, the place she and sister Nelly have been every undefeated, carrying 3-0-1 marks. Korda mentioned the character of Saturday’s back-and-forth with Kang and Henderson felt like fit play.

“Each putt mattered … so introduced the ones Solheim juices again,” Korda mentioned.

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