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As the Northeast braces for a storm this weekend, many Northerners wish they were in the Florida sun.

But even those in the Sunshine State will be donning capes and hand warmers this weekend.

Last week at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando, weekend temperatures dipped into the 50s and World No. 1 Nelly Korda said she was “icy” and “stiff” as he shot a 75 in the final round and lost the 54-hole lead.

And now, about three hours south of Orlando in Boca Raton, Florida, at this week’s Gainbridge LPGA, temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s this weekend, but will mostly be in the 50s with winds 20mph. However, the temperature has already started to drop on Friday and Lydia Ko, who shares the Day 2 lead with Danielle Kang at 11 under, shot 70 on Friday compared to 63 on Thursday, citing the weather as a factor.

“I think the temperature was a big issue,” Ko said after Round 2. “The par 5s that were played pretty short yesterday, played like a completely different hole. Yesterday I hit the driver, the 3 wood and a bit of wedge. in 10, and today it was like a low driver, 3-wood and like an 8-iron. So that just goes to show how much weather and conditions can make the golf course play so differently.”

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Ko, a New Zealander now living in Florida, is shocked by the frigid conditions and her mother went to the supermarket on Thursday night to buy what she needed for the weekend, but did not leave the store with what she was looking for.

“You know it’s cold when they run out of hand warmers at the nearest supermarket,” he said.

Unlike Ko, Lexi Thompson, a Floridian native who is T-13 at 4-under after 36 holes, was able to get her hands on some coveted hand warmers and is hoping they will help her make a career this weekend as she seeks her first win. since 2019.

“Wear as many layers as you can,” Thompson said. “For me, I don’t like to swing on too many layers. He probably just wears a shirt and jacket, maybe a hat. But I’ll have the hand warmers and I’ll probably put on a rain jacket between takes. Just try to stay warm. There really is nothing else. Turn on the hand warmers, keep your hands in your pockets, hope for the best. Hope for the best.”

Ko rolling with the beats on Gainbridge LPGA

Karrie Webb, a Hall of Famer with seven major wins, is making her first LPGA start since November 2020. And while she remains a long shot to win in Boca Raton, currently 10 strokes off the lead, she made her first cut in three years. . Though that feat may come back to bite her a bit, the 47-year-old Aussie is set for the final two rounds.

“That’s the reward for making the cut, right? He plays in bad weather over the weekend,” Webb said. “Yeah, it’s been a while since I played in cold weather, so see how it goes. Lots of layers and try to stay as warm as possible.”

But for the players who got a chance to play the LPGA season opener last week in the frigid weather of Lake Nona, that could set them apart from the rest of the field in Boca Rio.

“You just have to play with the conditions that you have,” Ko said. “Luckily for us, I was able to practice playing with four or five layers of clothing last week. That will be the goal tomorrow as well.”


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