Nelly Korda first to two LPGA Tour wins this season at the Meijer LPGA Classic


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Nelly Korda became the first two-time LPGA Tour winner this season, closing 5 under 67 on Sunday for a two-time victory in the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Gainbridge LPGA winner in February, Korda finished 25-under 263 to break the tournament record at Blythefield Country Club. She clocked a career-best 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the final round.

“I actually really enjoyed it today,” Korda said. “Honestly, there were times when the Sundays that I really love, I didn’t like, like the stress that was eating me up and I didn’t stay in the present moment and I enjoyed playing golf a Sunday in a final group.

“But today I really enjoyed it and it was actually a really good battle between Leona and me. She definitely kept me on my toes.”


Open field scores of the Meijer LPGA Classic


The 22-year-old American, ranked No. 4 in the world, won her fifth touring title. She bounced back after missing the cut two weeks ago at the US Women’s Open.

“If you told me at the US Open that I was going to shoot under 25, I would be like ‘Yeah, that’s it,'” Korda said. “But I did a good job at home. My dad was at every training, a little training camp with my dad.

She won the Gainbridge LPGA in Florida in the second event of the year after her sister Jessica won the season opener. Younger brother Sebastian won the Emilia Romagna Open tennis tournament in Italy in May for his first victory on the ATP Tour.

Irish Leona Maguire finished second after a 66.


Highlights: Nelly Korda wins LPGA Meijer Classic


“I knew it would be a battle,” Maguire said. “I knew I had a lot of golf ahead of me and she was three strokes ahead.”

Korda made the 14th par 5 and landed six birdies and three bogeys. She increased her lead to two strokes with the eagle and increased it to three with a birdie on the 15th par-3. Maguire came close to 16th par 4 when she birdied and Korda had a bogey. They both tied the 17th par-4 and Korda birdied the 18th par-5.

“I did an eagle and then I did a really good birdie on that par 3,” said Korda. “Unfortunately I put three putts on the next hole, but it’s golf. You are going to make mistakes.

The KPMG Major Women’s PGA Championship takes place next week at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

“This week is going to be huge before a major tournament,” said Maguire. “I knew I was playing good golf. It’s a huge confidence boost for the rest of the season.

At Gee Chun shot a 63 tied for third with Brittany Altomare (64) at 21 under. Anna Nordqvist called at 20 cents after a 66.


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