Nelly Korda wins again, 63rd Roberta Liti

Once again, Nelly Korda dominates the headlines

by Andrea Gussoni
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Nelly Korda wins again, 63rd Roberta Liti
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Once again, Nelly Korda dominates the headlines. The world number one secured her second consecutive victory on the LPGA Tour, triumphing at the Ford Championship presented by KCC with a total score of 268 (66 68 69 65, -20) at Seville Golf & Country Club (par 72) in Gilbert, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Meanwhile, Roberta Liti finished 63rd with 282 (68 71 70 73, -6).

Nelly Korda, results

Nelly Korda, a 25-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, clinched her third win of the season, following victories in the Drive On Championship and the FIR Hills Seri Pak Championship.

This victory marks her eleventh career title, including a Major (Women’s PGA Championship, 2021), along with three wins on the Ladies European Tour, one on the Symetra Tour (now Epson Tour), and the 2021 Olympic gold medal.

Regaining the world number one spot for the sixth time just seven days ago, she now begins her 39th week at the top. Korda received a check for $337,500 from a total purse of $2,250,000. Having competed in 131 events, she has cashed in 114 times, earning a total of $9,861,489.

With a final round of 65 (-7, featuring seven birdies), the victor finished two shots ahead of Australian Hira Naveed, who secured second place with 270 (-18). Three strokes behind were Lexi Thompson, Swedish players Frida Kinhult and Maja Stark, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, and Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee, all tied for third with 271 (-17).

Roberta Liti, concluding with a 73 (+1, two birdies, three bogeys), surpassed the cut for the second time in the first four events she has played on the circuit since obtaining her tour card with an eighth-place finish in the Epson Tour's 2023 Race For The Card (order of merit).

In 2016, she turned professional and made 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.

She kicked off 2021 by winning the Gainbridge LPGA at Orlando's Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72) with a total score of 272 (-16). This victory saw her outshine competitors like Thompson and Ko (275, -13) and South Korea's world number one Ko (277, -11).

In June of the same year, she claimed her first major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, propelling her to the top of the world rankings. She became the first American to hold the top spot since Lewis in 2014, ending a long reign of South Korean golfers.

Her position in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings earned her a spot in the individual event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where she represented the United States alongside players like Thompson, Kang, and her older sister Jessica.

On August 7th, she secured the Olympic gold medal at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, finishing the event with 267 strokes, 17 under par. Despite starting the second round in second place with 67 strokes, -4 under par, she took control with a second-round score of 62.

She managed her lead over the final two rounds, finishing both with 69 strokes, fending off challenges from Japan's Inami and New Zealand's Ko, who finished the event at 268 strokes.

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