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Gainbridge leader Nelly Korda looks to complete Korda back-to-back

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ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second consecutive LPGA tournament, there’s a Korda atop the leaderboard.

This time it’s Nelly Korda, who leads by a shot through 54 holes of the Gainbridge LPGA. Korda carded a 4-under 68 Saturday at at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club to overtake 36-hole leader Lydia Ko and pull one clear of rookie Patty Tavatanakit, who is searching for her first win, and three ahead of a group that includes current world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, a former No. 1 in Lydia Ko and Angel Yin.

“Any time you can get ahead of the pack going into Sunday is a positive,” Korda said. “There are some good players there, so it'll take good golf to win.”

One month ago, Nelly’s older sister, Jessica, won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, also in Orlando. The sisters played together in the final group for the first time in a final round before Jessica defeated Danielle Kang in a playoff. Nelly finished outside the playoff and solo third. On Saturday, Jessica bogeyed her final hole of the day to shoot 2-under 70 and drop six back of her sister heading into the final round.

Korda wants to keep it loose Sunday at Gainbridge

Korda wants to keep it loose Sunday at Gainbridge

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“My sister is in contention at the top, so a win for her is a win for me, as well,” Jessica said. “But I’ll definitely be chasing tomorrow.”

At the same time, Nelly will be chasing history. With a victory, she and her sister would become the first siblings to win in back-to-back LPGA events since Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam in 2000.