Jess Korda, USA, jumps ahead of the Honda LPGA Thailand field, recording an amazing -10 under par 62, a new course record for the Siam Country Club Old Course.
For Jess it was also a personal best, as well as being the Honda LPGA Thailand low scoring tournament record for 36 holes, -16 under par, which gave Jess a four stroke advantage going into the week-end. What is also amazing is that Jess is coming back from some serious surgery;
“It’s awesome. I was just trying to give myself a chance. It was pretty cool, a pretty cool round.”
“I struggle on this course every year, but this year I have a whole new outlook with everything I’m doing.”
“Basically, I had double jaw surgery. I have a couple screws in my face.”
“I still can’t feel anything. No pain at all on the course, just numb. The headaches are gone.”
Brittany Lincicome, USA, holds second place at -12 under par, a good second round -7 under par 65;
“It was great out there, me, Jess and Brooke were doing well and feeding off each other.”
“It’s nice to see the ball going straight and the ball going in since it’s only my second event of the year.”
Minjee Lee, Australia, is third at -11 under par, a second -5 under 67 giving her that position on her own.
Lexi Thompson, USA, has fourth place at -10 under with her second round -4 under 68, while three ladies share fifth at -9 under, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Michelle Wie, USA.
Michelle is aware of the situation;
“I feel like you just have to make birdies to keep up, pars are definitely not good enough.”
“I’m just trying to keep my head above water.”
Unfortunately Lexi received a two-stroke penalty for moving a temporary immovable obstruction on hole 15 and dipped from -12 to -10 under. Sponsors should be more careful when erecting their advertising signs out on the course.
There was a local rule that the signs had to stay, and a player could take a free drop if they interfered with play. Lexi was in the first cut, which was pretty long, but the ball was sitting up nicely, a drop could put her ball in a bad place. A two shot penalty, no way, I was surprised that she did not receive a penalty for wearing the mini skirt, which surely breached the dress-code.