Nelly Korda wins the Drive On Championship

Nelly Korda triumphed in the Drive On Championship, the second LPGA Tour tournament of 2024, with a total score of 273 (-11) shots

by Andrea Gussoni
Nelly Korda wins the Drive On Championship
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Nelly Korda triumphed in the Drive On Championship, the second LPGA Tour tournament of 2024, with a total score of 273 (-11) shots. The competition took place in Bradenton, Florida, the American golfer's hometown and where she grew up.

In the thrilling playoff, she overcame New Zealand's Lydia Ko, winner of the Tournament of Champions, who had opened the LPGA Tour season with a victory. Both finished the 72 holes of regulation with the same score, but it was an error (bogey against par) by Ko in the playoff that made the difference.

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Korda's victory was a test of character. Although she began the fourth round with a four-shot lead, she faced some difficulties with three bogeys and a double bogey in the first 16 holes. However, she found the strength to react by making an eagle on the 17th hole and a birdie on the 18th hole, thus taking the challenge to the playoff.

This victory marks a return to success for the 25-year-old, having achieved her last victory 14 months earlier (Pelican Women's Championship in November 2022). It's her ninth career win on the LPGA Tour, which also includes a win at a major, the Women's PGA Championship in 2021.

It's also her sixth win in the U.S. and first wire-to-wire, having led since start to end of the tournament. Meanwhile, Roberta Liti's season with a full "card" on the LPGA Tour began with a cut exit. The young Tuscan golfer, who played on the Bradenton Country Club course (par 71), achieved a score of 148 (+6) after 36 holes and was eliminated from the competition.

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