Im and Thitikul lead, Nelly Korda follows closely

The second round of the 2024 Chevron Championship, the first Major of the women's season, concluded at The Woodlands, Texas, with a notable shift in leadership

by Andrea Gussoni
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Im and Thitikul lead, Nelly Korda follows closely
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The second round of the 2024 Chevron Championship, the first Major of the women's season, concluded at The Woodlands, Texas, with a notable shift in leadership. South Korean Jin Hee Im and Thai player Atthaya Thitikul now share the top spot.

Both the 25-year-old Im and the 21-year-old Thitikul posted impressive totals of -8, with Im recording a bogey-free round and Thitikul securing six birdies along with a bogey.

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In close pursuit is Nelly Korda, whose consistent performance thus far places her at -7, maintaining her position as a formidable contender.

South Korean Hae Ran Ryu trails closely behind by a single stroke. Notably, Korda rebounded after a double bogey on the 1st hole, regaining control of her game. The group tied for fifth includes USA's Lauren Coughlin, who held the lead after the first day.

Joining her at -5 are Japanese player Minami Katsu, Sweden's Maja Stark, China's Weiwei Zhang (who started from the 105th position), and South Korea's Shinsil Bang. Further down the leaderboard, a cluster of players tied for tenth place at -4 includes USA's Andrea Lee and Yealimi Noh, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Japan's Xiyu Lin, and English players Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Lottie Woad (who also leads as the top amateur).

Notable players who missed the cut include Australian Hannah Green, Irish player Leona Maguire, French player Celine Boutier, Spanish player Azahara Munoz, Thai player Patty Tavatanakit, and American Rose Zhang. Nelly Korda, born on July 28, 1998, is a prominent American professional golfer renowned for her prowess on the LPGA Tour.

With an impressive track record boasting 12 victories, she has ascended to the coveted number one spot in the Women's World Golf Rankings. Notably, Korda clinched the Olympic gold medal at the women's individual golf event during the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to her individual achievements, Korda has made significant contributions to team events. Alongside her sister Jessica Korda, she proudly represented the United States at the 2019 and 2021 Solheim Cup tournaments.

Furthermore, Nelly Korda showcased her talent at the 2023 Solheim Cup as an individual participant. During her amateur career, Korda demonstrated exceptional skill and potential. She notably represented the United States at the 2015 U.S.

Junior Solheim Cup. Among her notable amateur victories are the 2015 Harder Hall Invitational and the 2015 PING Invitational. Additionally, she earned recognition as a 2015 AJGA Rolex Junior All-American. An early highlight in her career came when she made the cut at the 2013 U.S.

Women's Open, an impressive feat accomplished just one month before her 15th birthday. Transitioning to the professional circuit in 2016, Korda commenced her journey on the Symetra Tour. She secured her maiden professional victory at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge, delivering remarkable performances throughout the tournament.

Her success on the Symetra Tour earned her a coveted LPGA Tour card for the subsequent season in 2017, marking a significant milestone in her professional career trajectory.

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