Jessica Korda rode out a series of big momentum shifts on Friday at historic Wilshire Country Club to hold onto the lead at the Los Angeles Open.
Six strokes ahead after three holes, tied with top-ranked Jin Young Ko at the turn and two shots back with three to play, Korda birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
Korda shot a three-under 68 to break the tournament 54-hole record at 16 under. She matched the event course record with a 64 on Wednesday and shot a bogey-free 65 on Thursday to break the 36-hole scoring record at 13 under.
Ko shot a 66, making a 30-foot bogey putt on the par-3 18th after driving over the green and watching her second bang into the bank and roll back to her feet.
Korda matched Ko with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th, then hit to three feet for a birdie on the par-4 17th and to two feet on 18. She won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
Korda birdied the first three holes to open the six-stroke lead, hitting to a foot on the 2nd and 3rd. She parred the next five and bogeyed the par-four ninth to fall into a tie with Ko. Korda also bogeyed the 11th and 13th before rallying late.
Ko had six birdies and a bogey in a front-nine 30. She bogeyed the 10th and 11th and birdied 13 to15. The seven-time LPGA Tour winner is coming off a two-week break after finishing seventh in the ANA Inspiration major.
Brooke Henderson got a spot alongside Korda and Ko in the final group Saturday, shooting a 67 to get to 12 under. The Canadian birdied 15-17, then had a seven-foot birdie try slide left on 18.
Angela Stanford was 11 under after a 68, and So Yeon Ryu and Australian Hannah Green each shot 69 to get to nine under.
Green, the 2019 Women's PGA Championship winner, is tied fifth after mixing five birdies with three bogeys.
The next best Australian is Gabriela Ruffels, who shot a 71 to be four behind Green.
Korda broke the 54-hole mark of 11 under set by Australia's Minjee Lee in her 2019 victory.
Lee still holds the 72-hole mark of 14 under in the event that was first played in 2018 and was cancelled last year.