Nelly Korda rides hot finish to seize control of LPGA Drive On Championship

Nelly Korda rides hot finish to seize control of LPGA Drive On But then Korda, the hometown favorite in Bradenton, Florida this week, seized control of the tournament with an incredible finish.

She eagled the par-5 17th, then rolled in a 20-footer for birdie on 18 to cap it off.

“Just a confidence boost knowing I can climb up the leaderboard, contend, and stay in contention. I definitely didn’t have a great start today. I think I was one back after nine holes, and then kind of turned it around,” Korda said of her 3-under 68.

“But every single time I get to be in contention, I learn more about myself and how to handle these situations. Hopefully, I can put together a good round for the hometown [Sunday].”

On the 475-yard par-5 17th, Korda hit a 7-wood off the tee. After finding the fairway, Korda pulled out her 7-wood again but hit her second shot into the greenside bunker left of the green.

Then, Korda knocked it in from the sand for an eagle three, eliciting a massive roar from the Bradenton crowd.

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