Korda wins Women’s PGA, moves to World No.1
22-year-old Nelly Korda has gone back-to-back on the LPGA Tour to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by three shots over Lizette Salas at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Her sixth victory and third of the year also moves her to World No.1 on the Rolex Rankings to become the first American to achieve that mark since Stacy Lewis in 2014.
Korda will also join her sister, Jessica, at the Tokyo Olympics next month joined by Lexi Thompson and Danielle Kang.
“It’s been amazing, honestly. The past few days, the battle with Lizette, it’s been a lot of fun…it’s been stressful. I think it’s had everything. But I just can’t believe it. I’m still in shock.”
Nelly Korda (Credit: LPGA Tour)
“I pretty much dominated a lot of the par-5s,” said Korda, whose final round 68 included two eagles matched by a double-bogey at the par 3 15th.
“I hit the ball really well, putted my putts. Everything was on, and when you look back on weeks like this, it’s really special, and you don’t take it for granted. I’m really grateful for all the work and for my family constantly pushing me.”
What’s In The Bag: Nelly Korda
- Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball
- Titleist TSi1 Driver (10º)
- Titleist TSi2 3W (16.5º)
- Titleist TSi2 FW (21º)
- Titleist T100 (5-PW)
- Vokey SM8 (50º, 54º, 58º)
- Scotty Cameron Squareback 2 Prototype
The Korda sisters now have 12 LPGA Tour titles between them with older sister, Jessica, no doubt even more determined than ever to match her 6-year younger sibling with a major of her own. And with seven top-10 major finishes since 2013 that can’t be too far away.
Gabi Ruffels finished the best of the Australians in a share of 33rd place at even par with Minjee Lee another shot back in equal 40th. Su Oh was the last of the Aussies to make it through to the weekend in outright 63rd.
Sarah Kemp, Katherine Kirk and 2019 PGA winner, Hannah Green all sat out the weekend.