Victory and world throne. At Johns Creek (Georgia, USA) Nelly Korda takes it all. The American, with a total of 269 (70 63 68 68, -19) wins the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the third major 2021 of women's golf and climbs to first place in the Rolex ranking.
The 22-year-old from Bradenton is the new queen of the green in pink making it the third American after Stacy Lewis (for four weeks in 2013 and twenty-one in 2014) and Cristie Kerr (five weeks in 2010) to succeed.
Nelly Korda, KPMG Women's PGA Championship
But in the United States to record there is also the third place show by Giulia Molinaro.
The blue, who closed the tournament in 278 (70 70 66 72, -10) obtained the best career result in a Major, also celebrating the qualification (the official will arrive only tomorrow) at the Tokyo Games. With the 30-year-old from Camposampiero (Padua) who, after having participated in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, she is preparing to fly to Japan where she is aiming for a leading role.
Only Stefania Croce in 2000, in this Grand Slam tournament, had managed to conquer a better position finishing in second place - after the play-off - behind Juli Inkster (44 career successes, of which 31 on the LPGA Tour with 7 Major on the bulletin board).
At the Atlanta Athletic Club (par 72) Nelly Korda, who grew up in a family of champions, once again proved her class. She celebrating her third title of the season on the LPGA Tour (where she racked up 6 hits), her first in a major.
And now together with Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang and her sister Jessica she will represent the United States at the Olympics whose individual women's golf competition will be played from 4 to 7 August at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
The two Kordas are thus preparing to emulate their mother Regina Rajchrtová. who, in 1998, represented Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. "It's all so fantastic. The first win in a Major, the Games alongside my sister, unfortunately without being able to have our family next to me.
I'm having the best moment of my career and I want to enjoy it to the fullest." This is the joy of Nelly Korda at the end of the race. She surpassed her compatriot Lizette Salas by three strokes, second on her with 272 (-16), with whom she led the leaderboard after the "moving day"
Full loot for the Korda. This triumph allows her to cash a check for $ 675,000 for a total prize pool of $ 4,500,000 (tournament record) and to also take first place not only in the world ranking but also in the money list of the LPGA Tour.
His Molinaro is a result of absolute prestige. She arrived with the thrill and thanks to a birdie in the finale where she risked paying dearly for a few too many smudges. After an initial bogey in the fourth round, the blue collected two birdies and an eagle for an almost perfect match up to hole 14.
Then, at the 15th, a double bogey arrived, followed by two bogeys (at the 16th and at the 17). And the final feat allowed Molinaro to hook South Korean Hyo Joo Kim in third place. And if Nelly Korda - at the second consecutive success after the exploit last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic, daughter of Petr Korda, former tennis champion who in 1998 won the Australian Open and sister of Sebastian who, always with the racket she conquered last May the first ATP tournament beating Marco Cecchinato in Parma - she was the announced protagonist of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Molinaro was the great surprise of the tournament.