With the temperature gauge topping 100 levels late within the day, Henderson’s red-hot show matched the situations as she tied the entrance 9 report at Mission Hills, lined in simply 30 photographs.
Korda, the only real chief for the opening two rounds, recovered from dropping three photographs in two holes on her entrance 9 with birdies on the 11th, 12th and 15th to affix Henderson within the clubhouse on 12-under 204.
“Being a significant championship, you have actually obtained to remain affected person and know bogeys are going to occur,” she informed reporters.
Korda, chasing her first main, mentioned she was “very proud” of the best way she fought again on the again 9 to match Henderson.
Enjoying within the final group, Korda was on track throughout the hottest a part of the day, sheltering below an umbrella to search out shade below the strengthening California desert solar.
Aussie veteran Katherine Kirk, who’s in a three-strong chasing group two photographs adrift of the leaders after a 67, summed up the emotions of many when she mentioned she want to win the ANA Inspiration after which carry out the now conventional plunge into Poppie’s Pond, the water surrounding the 18th inexperienced.
“It is so stinking sizzling out right here and it might be nice to chill off,” Kirk mentioned.
Dwelling hope Lexi Thompson, who famously jumped into the water after her 2014 victory, is tied with Kirk in joint third alongside South Korean Mirim Lee.
Thompson appeared set to problem the main duo when she began with three birdies within the first 5 holes, however two later bogeys halted her transfer and he or she needed to accept a three-under 69.
With 10 gamers separated by simply 4 photographs on the prime of the leaderboard, an thrilling closing spherical is in prospect, with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda on nine-under, one shot forward of a bunch that features one other former Mission Hills winner, Stacy Lewis, and US Ladies’s Novice champion Rose Zhang.