Nelly Korda wins in California and returns n.1

Nelly Korda (72 67 67 69) clinched victory in California at the Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship and reclaimed the number 1 spot in the world rankings

by Andrea Gussoni
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Nelly Korda wins in California and returns n.1
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Nelly Korda (72 67 67 69) clinched victory in California at the Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship and reclaimed the number 1 spot in the world rankings. In Palos Verdes Estates (Los Angeles), the American triumphed over her compatriot Ryann O'Toole (73 68 68 66) in a playoff at the first hole, after both had finished the tournament's regulation 72 holes with a total of 275 (-9) strokes.

For the 25-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, it marked her tenth career victory on the circuit, including one Major, the 2021 Women's PGA Championship, and her second win of 2024 following her victory in the Drive On Championship last January.

Kelly Korda, results

"It seems like I always manage to make things interesting. It feels great to be back as the queen of women's golf after a challenging period," expressed Korda. A gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, her success in the US earned her $300,000 out of a total prize pool of $2,000,000, bringing her career earnings to $9,523,000.

Now ranked 28th "all-time" in earnings on the circuit, Korda has played 130 events on the top American women's circuit, making the cut 113 times. On the Palos Verdes Golf Club course (par 71), it was a forgettable tournament for Roberta Liti.

The Italian was eliminated after 36 holes with a score of 152 (75 77, +11) strokes. She turned professional in 2016, making her debut on the Symetra Tour, where she clinched her first victory at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge.

With rounds of 68-67-69-66, she secured the win over Thailand's Meechai. In 2021, she kicked off the year by winning the Gainbridge LPGA at Orlando's Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72) with a total of 272 (-16) strokes.

This victory propelled her past competitors Thompson and Ko (275, -13), as well as the South Korean and world No. 1 Ko (277, -11). The following June, she secured her first major title at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, ascending to the top of the world rankings – the first American to do so since Lewis in 2014 – and breaking the long-standing dominance of South Korean golfers.

Her performance also earned her a spot in the individual tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as one of the four representatives for the United States, alongside Thompson, Kang, and her older sister Jessica. On August 7, she claimed the Olympic gold medal at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, finishing the event with 267 strokes, 17 under par.

Starting in second place after the first round with 67 strokes, -4 under par, she took the lead in the second round with a score of 62. In the final two rounds, she managed her lead, finishing both with 69 strokes, fending off challenges from the home favorite Inami and New Zealand's Ko, who finished the event with 268 strokes

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