Nelly Korda rules women's golf with an iron fist

Kelly Korda continues to set astonishing records

by Andrea Gussoni
Nelly Korda rules women's golf with an iron fist
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Kelly Korda continues to set astonishing records. The youngest of the sisters in the great sports saga, with 274 strokes, secured her sixth tournament victory of the season in her last seven events played by winning the Mizuho Americas Open at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

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The undisputed world number one edged out Australian Hannah Green by one stroke, after Green bogeyed the final hole, to achieve something that only four players have accomplished in history: six victories in the calendar before June 1st, as previously achieved by Lorena Ochoa (2008), Babe Zaharias (1951), and Louise Suggs (1953).

With nearly half the season still ahead, Korda's immediate goal is to match the seven victories achieved by players such as Zaharias, Karrie Webb in 2000, and Taiwanese Yani Tseng in 2011. The absolute record in the LPGA belongs to Mickey Wright with 13 victories in 1968.

Meanwhile, Carlota Ciganda finished thirty-ninth, 11 strokes behind the winner. Nelly Korda, born July 28, 1998 in Bradenton (United States), is an American professional golfer. Daughter of the Czech couple Petr Korda-Regina Kordová, Nelly Korda was born and raised in the United States and, like her sister Jessica Korda, took up golf from a very young age.

A precocious talent, she became one of the best amateurs and decided to turn professional in 2016 at eighteen. In 2017, on the strength of her season on the Symetra minor circuit, she obtained her LPGA circuit membership card in 2017.

Between 2018 and 2020, she achieved her first successes on the LPGA circuit and the Ladies European Tour (LET) with the winning of the Taiwan Championship, French Open and Australian Open. In summer 2021, she achieved her two greatest successes by winning the major tournament of the LPGA Championship then became Olympic champion in Tokyo, thus occupying first place in the world in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

She adds the winning of a new major tournament in 2024 by winning the Chevron Championship. Since then, she has a total of eighteen professional victories, has not left the world top 10 between 2019 and today, and has taken part in three editions of the Solheim Cup in 2019, 2021 and 2023 with the United States .

Nelly Korda