Korda forges ahead in Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

American star Jessica Korda stormed to the top of the leaderboard of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a superb third round of six-under-par 65 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC).

Jessica Korda 2015 Sime Darby LPGA TourThe lanky 22-year-old nailed six birdies at KLGCC’s East Course and is 12-under-par for the tournament, two shots ahead of compatriot Stacy Lewis and halfway leader Ha Na Jang of Korea.

“I haven’t been in this position in such a long time, since basically January. It’s just so nice to be back,” said Korda, who is the daughter of former Czech tennis professionals Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová.

“I’m very pleased to be back on top of the leaderboard. I definitely wasn’t expecting all my hard work to be paying off this quickly, first week out in the Asia swing, but I’ll take it wherever I can – and I’ll keep playing my game tomorrow,” added Korda, who has three LPGA titles to her name.

Lurking ominously in joint fourth place on nine-under-par are World No 2 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, defending champion Shanshan Feng of China and joint halfway leader Xi Yu Lin of China.

Asked about her chances of catching the leader, Ko said: “I just have to focus on my game. I know that the other girls are making a lot of birdies and playing really good golf, so for me to win by the end of the day or to get close to the leaders, I need to play some solid golf.”

Meanwhile, Sime Darby Foundation Chairman Tun Musa Hitam announced that they will be extending the title sponsorship of the tournament for three years.

“On behalf of the Sime Darby Foundation, we are currently concluding the terms of the agreement between all parties that will see the continuation of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. We can therefore say with confidence that the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will be returning to KLGCC next year,” said Tun Musa.

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