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Korda shoots into contention Down Under

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Nelly Korda has fired the low round of the day to catapult into contention at the Australian Women’s Open in Adelaide.

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Starting her round at 1-under, the 20 year old made eight birdies and two bogeys on her way to a 6-under 66 to take her total to 7-under, three shots from leaders Wei-Ling Hsu and Madelene Sagstrom.

It capped an amazing turnaround at the LPGA event for the Floridian who made a slow start to the tournament at The Grange Golf Club yesterday.

“I had a rough start yesterday, I bogeyed my first three holes … since then I’ve been playing pretty well,” Korda said.

“I hit a lot of fairways hit a lot of greens and I hit it really close today.

“I think I had a couple of two‑footers for birdie, so that really helps.

“It was a lot of fun. I got off to a really solid start and just kept it going.”

Chinese Taipei golfer Hsu followed her opening round 65 with a 69 to reach 10-under at the halfway stage while Swede Sagstrom shot a pair of 67s. Aussie Hannah Green and 2016 Australian Women’s Open Champion Japan’s Haru Nomura are tied in third with Korda on -7.

Kris Tamulis is in a tie for seventh on 5-under a stroke clear of fellow American Marissa Steen and Canada’s Alena Sharp on -4.

A host of high-profile players missed the cut including Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko, Pernilla Lindberg and Georgia Hall.

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