Jessica’s kid sister rolls to 3-stroke victory at Gainbridge LPGA as Kordas sweep 1st 2 events of LPGA season
Team Korda is 2 for 2 early in the LPGA season.
Nelly Korda cruised to a three-stroke victory Sunday in Orlando, Fla., at the Gainbridge LPGA, joining older sister Jessica as the women’s tour’s only winners through the first two tournaments of the year (scores).
"I was honestly so stressed on the golf course," Korda said afterward while checking her Whoop data on her cellphone. "You may not see it, but I was stressed."
Nelly Korda, who started the final round at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club with a one-stroke lead, birdied three of her first six holes. She parred her way home for what, Whoop data aside, appeared to be a stress-free, bogey-free 3-under 69 and a 16-under 272 total. The victory, the fourth in her career, was worth $300,000.
"I've had an amazing week," Korda said. "I made some clutch putts when I needed to and pulled it off, so that was nice.
"I was pretty uneasy all day," Korda said, noting that she was not hitting the ball well."
It was her first LPGA triumph in the U.S. and came with her parents, Petr and Regina (nee Rajchtova) Korda, both former Czech tennis champions, watching.
American Lexi Thompson (68) and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (69) tied for second at 13-under 275. South Korea’s Jin Young Ko, the world’s top-ranked female professional, closed with 71 to finish fourth at 11-under 277.
Jessica Korda, who won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January, tied for 31st.
Annika Sorenstam, who made news in her first LPGA start since she walked away from the game at age 37 in 2008 to start a family, finished last among the players to make the cut. She closed with a 4-over 76 for a 13-over 301 total and 74th place on her home course. Sorenstam, whose 72 LPGA victories include 10 major championships, intends to compete in the U.S. Senior Open this summer.
For LPGA history buffs, the Kordas' victories in the first two events is not the first time that such a sibling sweep has occurred. In 2000, Sorenstam and her younger sister, Charlotta, won the first two tournaments. It was Charlotta's lone LPGA title.
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