Nelly makes it 2 LPGA wins!
Tournament: ISPS Women's Australian Open
Location: Grange, South Australia
Course: Grange Golf Club
Nelly Korda has won the ISPS Australian Women's Open and claim her 2nd LPGA victory.
Heading into the final round Nelly had a 3 shot lead over Haru Nomura from Japan. Korda, had her third consecutive birdie on the 12th to help claim a two-stroke victory with a 5-under 67 finishing on a 17-under total of 271.
After an opening round 71, Korda then fired 3 rounds in the 60's to claim victory.
Her stats above show just how consistent she was throughout the week and especially in her GIR and Putts per round, which is what you need to fend of Ko who had an GIR of 86.1%!!
In an amazing family history, Korda's father Petr was an Australian Open men's tennis champion, winning the tournament in 1998. Her golfing sister Jessica won the Australian Open seven years ago.And her tennis-playing brother Sebastian won the Australian Open boys' singles title last year.
Afterwards Korda said "When I was left out they didn't try to rub it in too much. Now that we all have a win down here, it's going to be really special ... obviously there was pressure but I think I finally carved my own way."
Nelly who started the event 16th in the world will surely break into the worlds top 10 this year. Her golf game over the last year is deserving of a place there and she looks to be one of the ones to beat this year already after finishing 3rd in the first event of the year.
Jin young Ko from South Korea and last years winner recovered after a slow start to finish 2nd. She fired a final round 64 to shoot up the leaderboard on the final day. Ko who won the rolex rookie of the year seems to relish playing in Australia.
Wei-Ling Hsu of Taiwan was third as she continues her good form over the last few years. She had led over the first two days but was let down by a 74 in round 3 and eventually finished 5 shots back.
There was also good news for England's Meghan Maclaren. As well as finishing T22nd she also had her first hole in on coming at the par 3 8th, where she hit a 9 iron 138 yards. “I hit it really, really well,” said MacLaren, “It wasn't one of those that you tell people about where you're like, it wasn't that good a shot. It actually was. The crowd let me know it was in.”
Nelly Korda 1st
Jeong Eun Lee6 10th
Carlota Ciganda 27th
Ariya Jutanugarn 41st
Next Event: HONDA LPGA THAILAND, CHONBURI, THAILAND (FEB 21-24)