Moriya 2nd as Korda wins LPGA Thailand title

Moriya Jutanugarn shares lead in her native Thailand			Getty Images

Moriya Jutanugarn shares lead in her native Thailand Getty Images

If the pictures of Jessica Korda from the Honda LPGA Thailand cause you to do a double-take, you're not alone.

Her compatriot Korda had a rollercoaster round which featured eagles on the first and 17th holes, five birdies, a double bogey on the sixth, and two bogeys.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn finished second with 21-under alongside American Lexi Thompson, who remained within touching distance of Chinese Feng Shanshan's world No. 1 ranking.

American leader Jessica Korda thrived at the Siam Country Club, shooting a 62 to power four strokes clear of second-placed compatriot Brittany Lincicome. "I played really, really well this week". "I had to shoot 25-under just to win".

Korda is the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda. Thompson finished her round unaware that she had broken a rule.

"I look at pictures of myself and I don't feel like I look like that person", said Jessica. She would have gotten there but for that two-shot penalty she incurred after improperly removing signage on Friday, since projected Thompson needed a solo second and a fifth-place finish or worse for now top-ranked Shanshan Feng.

"I just came with no expectations after surgery".

But despite returning to practice only six weeks ago and still dealing with lingering numbness in her face, Korda promptly dusted a world-class field in her first start back. "I just went after it", said No. 4-ranked Thompson.

"I really enjoyed my game today, it's working out pretty good", Moriya, who is hoping for her first LPGA career win, said. "Just had a lot of fun doing it". At some LPGA events these signs are considered moveable obstructions, at others, they're temporary immovable obstructions.

"I was bit nervous on the front nine, but I knocked the rust off", added the 24-year-old, who is now only 18 holes from her fifth win on the LPGA tour.

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