Korda surges into Pure Silk lead
Jessica Korda follows her drive on the eighth hole during round two of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club course on January 24, 2014 in Paradise Island, Bahamas - by Rob Carr
The 20-year-old American, who is aiming for her second career LPGA Tour victory, reached a total of 11-under 135 at the Atlantis Resort's windy Ocean Club Golf Course.
"It was a tough day out there," said Korda. "A little mentally draining because you really had to put everything into every shot."
Korda was paired with Paula Creamer, who shot a tournament record eight-under 65 to take second place at 10-under in the season-opening event.
Creamer began her round with a double bogey but then settled in from there. The nine-time LPGA Tour winner finished with 10 birdies.
"When I'd hit a good shot, (Korda would) hit a good shot, or vice versa," said Creamer. "If she made a putt, I made a putt. It was fun. That's kind of what you want out there, especially when it's this difficult."
Korda began her round one shot back of overnight co-leader Lydia Ko and almost immediately made up ground with two birdies on her first four holes.
She went birdie-bogey-birdie from the seventh to turn in 33, then matched that number during her bogey-free back nine. She rolled in other birdies at Nos. 12, 13, 16 and 18 to seize the lead.
"It's tough to win out here, but I'm going to try my best," said Korda, who is the last player before the 16-year-old Ko to petition for early membership into the LPGA.
New Zealand's Ko, who is playing her first LPGA Tour event as a member, shot 70 and dropped into a share of fifth with Choi Na-Yeon (68), Christel Boeljon (67) and P.K. Kongkraphan (69) at eight under.
Ko won twice on the LPGA Tour as an amateur before turning pro in October.
American Michelle Wie also shot 65 and is in a tie for third with Monday qualifier Jenny Suh (66) at nine-under. Wie went bogey-free with eight birdies.
"I think I just had a good rest this offseason," Wie said. "When I came back in January and I picked up my golf clubs, I was really excited to play. I was so ready to get back into a rhythm."
Lizette Salas (67) was alone in ninth at seven-under, while world number three Stacy Lewis (71) shared 10th with three others at six-under.