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Nelly Korda wins LPGA occasion in playoff, returns to world No. 1

Nelly Korda returned to the highest of the Rolex Girls’s World Golf Rankings in dramatic trend.

She gained the Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship in a sudden-death playoff, defeating American Ryann O’Toole on the primary playoff gap with a birdie.

It was an up-and-down spherical for Korda, who claimed her tenth profession LPGA victory and her second of the season. Korda defeated Lydia Ko in a playoff on the LPGA Drive On Championship in January, which additionally occurred to be her final begin.

“It’s undoubtedly not simple coming again after an extended break like that, not likely figuring out the place your recreation is,” Korda mentioned after her closing spherical 2-under 69.

“I fought actually exhausting the final three days. The weekend was brutal, and at present was robust. That’s the fantastic thing about the sport. It’s enjoyable to play in these circumstances and be just a little bit extra inventive out right here.”

The circumstances at Palos Verdes Golf Membership in Southern California on Sunday have been undesirable. Thirty-mile-per-hour winds and temperatures within the 50s created tough conditions all through the day.

It’s no marvel Korda solely made seven pars throughout her closing spherical. She additionally made 5 birdies and 5 bogeys and had an eagle on the par-5 14th, which proved important.

“Truthfully, I didn’t actually begin feeling nervous till I made that eagle putt,” Korda defined afterward.

Nelly Korda, LPGA

Nelly Korda.
Picture by Orlando Ramirez/Getty Photos

“I didn’t actually know what was happening, how the group behind me was doing. It was so windy, and I used to be caught up in attempting to regulate my ball flight. As soon as I made the eagle, I acquired possibly just a little nervous, the place I sort of acquired just a little forward of myself, and I began making some errors on the final couple of holes. Eagle, bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey.”

Korda tends to make issues attention-grabbing, however she nonetheless had an opportunity to win in regulation. She airmailed the 18th inexperienced, which led to a difficult up-and-down. Korda couldn’t save par, and made bogey—her third dropped shot over her closing 4 holes.

“I vented to my coach on the placing inexperienced after which he requested me if I’m able to be constructive,” Korda mentioned on what she did instantly earlier than the playoff.

“It took just a little bit, after which I used to be prepared. After which we talked just a little bit, laughed just a little bit. He’s actually good at simply cracking jokes, and typically I simply give him a pity giggle. It’s often fairly good. After which, yeah, simply once I walked to 18… I informed [myself] that I can nonetheless win, so simply hold my head excessive.”

This dialog calmed Korda down, as she caught her method on the primary playoff gap—the 18th—to a dozen ft away.

Korda then drained it for the win.

She is now the top-ranked participant on the planet, however she definitely by no means fails to entertain. And that’s good for the ladies’s recreation, which continues to develop exponentially.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. Make sure you take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.



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