Nelly Korda of the United States, ranked No. 1 in women’s golf in the world, will enter the final round of the women’s golf tournament at the Olympics with a three-stroke lead at 15 under par.
Korda, after shooting a 62 under 9 in the second round on Thursday, shot a 69 under 2 on Friday.
The 23-year-old won the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship for her first major title in June.
Indian Aditi Ashok is second at under 12 after shooting a 68 under 3 in the third round. There is a tie at four for third place at 10 below par with New Zealander Lydia Ko, Australia’s Hannah Green, Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen and Japan’s Mone Inami.
Korda, who is proud of the “fight” she fought on the first 54 holes of the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo, admitted that she sometimes found herself dreaming of winning the gold medal.
“Oh yeah, yeah. I feel like everyone’s doing it for sure,” she told reporters after her third round.
“That’s when you take a step back and (say to yourself), ‘You know, there are still 18 holes, there is still a lot that can happen.’ I mean, today I wasn’t hitting well, and just because I was making those putts (she maintained a lead), but tomorrow might be different. “
“I try to remember, even if I think about it, I quickly shake my head and I’m like ‘no, no, we’re not there yet, we still have a long way to go.’
The final round was brought forward to start at 6.30am local time on Saturday due to bad weather an hour earlier than expected.
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