After three days of play in New Jersey the same name is at the top of the leaderboard: Jin Young Ko. The No. 2 golfer in the world on the LPGA Tour has been terrific over the past few months and is finally in a position to close the gap on No. 1 golfer Nelly Korda (seven under par). No matter the result, it looks like Korda will maintain her No. 1 ranking, but the gap will close from 473.450 points to roughly 100.
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Elizabeth Szokol had the best round on the day, shooting a 65 and vaulting herself into contention on the championship Sunday.
Ko was dominant in the first round on Thursday, shooting an eight-under 63 with one bogey on her scorecard compared to nine birdies. She obliterated the back nine with a trio of birdies on 10-12 and 14-16. She is coming off a second-place finish at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, a win in the Cambia Portland Classic and winning this event last year.
Korda is going to need a monster final round akin to Ko’s first round along with Ko playing another modest round as she did on Saturday. It's doable but not very likely.
The rest of the field has four golfers tied at nine under par, including Szokol, Yuka Saso, Lindsey Weaver and So Yeon Ryu. That quartet all played very well on Thursday and Saturday but took a step back on Friday.
With three tournaments left on the schedule before the CME Group Tour Championship in November, every win will be vital for Korda, Ko and all the other golfers with their eyes on the 2021 Tour Championship this season.