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Sports Nelly Korda overcomes triple bogey to win LPGA in playoff

04:00  15 november  2021
04:00  15 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Nelly Korda didn't shoot 62 in the third round, but she did maintain a three-stroke lead with the final round still TBD at the Olympics. KAWAGOE, Japan – Nelly Korda had to work for pars instead of making birdies look routine, and the 23-year-old American did well enough to keep her distance in pursuit of an Olympic gold medal. Korda saved par with a 5-foot putt on the 17th hole and then got up-and-down from behind the 18th with a nifty pitch to 4 feet to finish with 12 straight pars at a 2-under 69.

Nelly Korda (born July 28, 1998) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour, where she has won six times. She played on the 2021 Solheim Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup. She also won the Olympic gold medal at the women's individual golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in

BELLEAIR, Fla. (AP) — Nelly Korda made such a mess of the 17th hole that missing what amounts to a tap-in barely registered. She made triple bogey and part of her couldn't help but think she had thrown away her chances in the Pelican Women's Championship.

  Nelly Korda overcomes triple bogey to win LPGA in playoff © Provided by The Canadian Press

“I honestly lost hope,” Korda said. “I was like, ‘OK, just try to make a solid par’ — 18 is a really tough hole — ‘If you have a chance or birdie, then try and go after it.’ My caddie really kept me in the moment and I didn't give up.

“Thank God I didn't.”

She birdied the 18th and got a second chance when Lexi Thompson had another late collapse, this time going bogey-bogey, that turned an epic duel between Korda and Thompson into a four-way playoff.

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Nelly Korda sees off Lizette Salas to win maiden major. Korda becomes world number one. Check out the official LPGA leader board. Nelly Korda won her first major title by taking the Women’s PGA Championship by three shots at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The American, whose victory will see her become world No 1, went into the final day tied for the lead with Lizette Salas but clinched the title with a four-under round of 68.

However, Korda 's closing birdie secured her fifth LPGA victory and second of 2021 after her win in the Gainbridge event in February. Maguire went into the event 20th in this year's LPGA rankings and her latest fine performance - after finishing in a share of second place at the Lotte Championship in April - will increase her prospects of earning a spot in the Europe team at this season's Solheim Cup. Opening rounds of 65 and 64 gave the Cavan player a three-shot advantage at the halfway stage in Michigan but Korda 's magnificent 62 on Saturday saw her move three ahead as Maguire could only manage a 70

Korda ended it quickly, making a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at No. 18 to win for the four time this year on the LPGA Tour.

None were this wild.

Korda fell out of the lead on the 17th hole at Pelican Golf Club by chopping her way to a triple bogey to fall two shots behind. She answered with an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 1-under 69 and got into a playoff when Thompson missed another par putt and shot 69.

They were joined at 17-under 263 by defending champion Sei Young Kim (67) and Lydia Ko (66), neither of whom expected to be playing extra holes until Thompson and Korda imploded over the final two holes.

“It was a heated battle. I actually really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun,” Korda said. "She played some solid golf. Unfortunate on 17, 18. Seventeen, there were a lot of spike marks around the hole, so I don't know if she hit one to three-putt. But that's how golf is sometimes.

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She won the Gainbridge LPGA in Florida in the second event of the year after sister Jessica took the season-opening tournament. Younger brother Sebastian won tennis’ Emilia-Romagna Open in Italy in May for his first ATP Tour victory. Leona Maguire of Ireland was second after a 66. Highlights: Nelly Korda wins LPGA Meijer Classic. “I knew it was going to be a battle,” Maguire said. “I knew I had a lot of golf in front of me and she had a three-shot head start.” Korda eagled the par-5 14th and had six birdies and three bogeys . She pushed her lead to two strokes with the eagle and increased it to three

She won the Gainbridge LPGA in Florida in the second event of the year after sister Jessica took the season-opening tournament. Younger brother Sebastian won tennis' Emilia-Romagna Open in Italy in May for his first ATP Tour victory. Leona Maguire of Ireland was second after a 66. "I knew it was going to be a battle," Maguire said. "I knew I had a lot of golf in front of me and she had a 3-shot head start." Korda eagled the par-5 14th and had six birdies and three bogeys . She pushed her lead to 2 strokes with the eagle and increased it to 3 with a birdie on the par-3 15th. Maguire pulled within a shot on the

“You're going to lose these and sometimes you're going to win them.”

The victory paid off handsomely for the 23-year-old American.

She secured her spot at No. 1 in the women's world ranking, and moved 12 points ahead of Jin Young Ko for LPGA player of the year going into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship next week in Naples.

Korda now has five wins this year — four on the LPGA Tour to match Jin Young Ko's total, one a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

She lost a two-shot lead on the par-3 12th hole when Korda made bogey and Thompson made birdie, and they matched par for the next four holes in a two-player race.

And then it was four players.

Kim birdied the 18th and figured she had tied for third with Jin Young Ko, who played bogey-free. It was a matter of whether Korda or Thompson would win the tournament.

And then it changed so quickly. Korda pulled her second shot to the 17th, dumped a wedge into a bunker and missed what appeared to be a tap-in. It added to a triple bogey with one hole left.

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Korda won for the second straight week on the LPGA Tour—her third this year—and it was enough to become the first American to rise to No. 1 in the women’s world ranking since Stacy Lewis in 2014. Jin Young Ko had held the No. 1 spot for nearly two years. “I put in a lot of work,” Korda said. “To get three wins under my belt and get a major, I don’t even have words.” Her only mistake came when it didn’t matter. Korda seized control with an iron into the par-5 12th for the 8-foot eagle putt, a three-shot swing when Salas—who had to lay up on the hole—hit wedge over the green into a bunker and made bogey .

Nelly Korda won the Women's PGA Championship on Sunday to capture her first major title and become the first American since 2014 to seize the world number one ranking. The 22-year-old daughter of retired Czech tennis star Petr Korda made two eagles in outdueling compatriot Lizette Salas down Korda was a threat to break the record for the lowest 72-hole score in women's major golf history, the 21-under 263 by South Korea's Chun In-gee at the 2016 Evian Championship. But after a lengthy wait at the par-3 15th, Korda hit her tee shot into water and went on to make double bogey , ending her

Instead, Thompson added to reputation of struggling to close out tournaments. She bogeyed the 17th, but still had a one-shot lead until making another bogey on the 18th.

Korda made good on her second chance.

Thompson took only one question, and spoke about an “amazing week” with hospitality “like no other.” It wasn't clear if she was talking about her own hospitality.

Thompson now has gone 38 tournaments since her last LPGA Tour victory. At the U.S. Women's Open this year at Olympic Club, she lost a five-shot lead on the back nine and finished with two bogeys to miss the playoff by one shot.

Korda wasn't the only winner.

Yu Liu closed with a 66 and tied for 16th, enough to move into the top 60 in the Race to CME Globe and qualify for the season-ending tournament next week. All 60 players — from Jin Young Ko at No. 1 to Wichanee Meechai at No. 60 — only has to win the tournament to claim the $1.5 million prize and the Race to CME Globe title.

Lauren Coughlin, who earned a spot in the field through Monday qualifying, closed with a 70 and tied for 16th. She moved from No. 106 to No. 97 to keep a full LPGA card for next season. Stephanie Meadow moved up one spot to No. 100, the cutoff for full status.

Korda and Jin Young Ko take their show down the coast to Tiburon Golf Club for the final event.

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