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Nelly Korda looks to join sister Jessica in winner's circle

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The Korda sisters are poised to try to join elite company in LPGA history.

With a 6-under-par 66 Friday, Nelly Korda moved into a tie for second at the HSBC Women’s World Championship, four shots behind Danielle Kang in Singapore.

Nelly, 19, made her move a week after her older sister, Jessica, 25, won the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam are the only sisters to win in LPGA history. They won in back-to-back weeks 18 years ago.


Full-field scores from the HSBC Women’s World Championship


Nelly is in her second year playing the LPGA. Jessica is a five-time tour winner.

“We obviously have a little bit of a sibling rivalry, but everything is very friendly,” Nelly said. “She does make me want to be a better player, and seeing her win last week, after the tough offseason she's had, was definitely very inspiring. Hopefully, I can step my game up this week and take it home, but we'll see.”

Jessica is six shots off the lead in Singapore after shooting 66. She won last week in her first start after coming back from a complex and painful offseason surgery, where doctors realigned her jaw, intentionally breaking her nose, the bones in her upper jaw and in her lower jaw. She had 27 screws inserted in her skull.

Jessica said Friday she’s feeling more worn out from winning in the heat in Thailand last week than anything else.

She is keeping her eyes on Nelly’s progress.

“She's a great player,” Jessica said. “Like I say, she's bound to win a bunch. It hard to break through out here. There are a lot of great players, but she'll be very, very close to winning very soon.”