Henderson, Korda share ANA Inspiration lead

Henderson, Korda share ANA Inspiration lead

Lee won the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on Sunday (local time) in a playoff over Brooke Henderson of Canada and Nelly Korda of the United States, collecting her fourth career LPGA win and her first since 2017.

Henderson and Korda, the daughter of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr, had shared the overnight lead, but were unable to close out victory after shooting 69s.

After birdying the par-4 third hole to get to 12 under, Korda posted a bogey 4 and double-bogey 6 on the fifth and sixth holes that suddenly left her at 9 under for the tournament.

Korda could only manage a one-under 71 to get to 12 under, sitting alongside Henderson and two strokes clear of Katherine Kirk (67), Lexi Thompson (69) and Mirim Lee (71).

With Korda out of contention after missing her birdie attempt, Henderson also failed to sink her birdie putt, setting the stage for Lee to finish off the win.

"To be honest, I feel like I must be a little insane for winning and for having won this, and I think I'll be able to feel it once I meet my family and reunite with them", added lee, who claimed her fourth LPGA victory and her first since the 2017 Kia Classic.

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"I did not know what I was doing on those two holes", Korda said.

Korda, who had led after every round, had looked poised to claim a first major victory when she stepped onto the 18th tee with a one shot lead but a few minutes later found herself in playoff. Both Korda and Henderson could only manage pars in the playoff hole while Lee putted a five-footer to clinch the title.

Maguire hit six birdies and dropped just one shot in her third round in California after carding a 72 on the second day. Korda was among those with an umbrella on the back nine to fend off the sun. "Had a couple bogeys kind of starting on the back nine, but I kept my calm". Still a lot of golf to be played, but nice to see my name up there.

Lee tried to keep pace with a chip-in birdie at the 16th - her second birdie from off the green in the final round - but then committed her first bogey of the round at the par-3 17th, where she put her tee shot into a greenside bunker and two-putted to fall to 13-under.

Thompson, four behind to start the round, got back in the game quickly with three birdies in five holes, and another birdie on the par-5 ninth had her headed the right direction. She settled for a par and ended at 15-under. "I'm probably going to have to go low and it's going to take a really good number".

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