Jessica Korda rallies to beat Kang in playoff at LPGA opener

27 Janvier, 2021, 03:11 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • A masterful score of 60 for Jessica Korda

Korda captured her sixth LPGA title, but her first since the Honda LPGA Thailand in February of 2018.

She fired a 66 for a total of 260 while world No. 5 Kang, who led by three strokes at the turn, closed with a 68.

Like the Sly and the Family Stone classic, this past weekend was a family affair to remember for the Korda sisters, golfers Jessica and Nelly.

"I knew I was going to have to go low today", said Jessica Korda. Half of his six wins have come at the season opener.

There are two siblings competing on the LPGA Tour: Jessica Korda, 27, and Nelly Korda, 22.

Kang matched her career-best score but only holds a two-stroke lead due to Korda shooting a blistering, 11-under 60 on Saturday. Insane two days. Shooting 60 yesterday, getting myself back into contention after bogeying three holes in a row to finish my second round. A day later she was slow to build any kind of momentum, playing her first 12 holes in 1 under. At one point early in the opening nine, Kang had a 7-foot putt to stretch her lead to five shots, and she was threatening to leave the field way behind.

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Jessica Korda had owned the back nine all week (she would play it in the 21-under par despite her three closing bogeys on Friday).

Kang had a two-shot lead with four holes to play when she made her first bogey of the tournament - and her first bogey in 65 holes dating to last season - on the 15th. I know I'm being really repetitive, but that's what I'm doing, is just focusing on what I need to hit and what I need to execute.

She followed this up with her loosest swing of the day, a driver flared right, through trees and pine straw on the 16th par-4. Jessica Korda, meanwhile, birdied an easy after hitting a drive on the front apron, and with two holes to go, the pair were tied at 23 under. She salvaged an impressive par, but Korda birdied to pull level. It caught up with her all over the place.

'I really didn't have a high today, said Kang, who lamented the little prep time she had prior to the tournament. Though she never tested positive for COVID-19, she twice was exposed, and took six tests before getting on a plane from Las Vegas to Orlando, landing late Monday night. But when she needed to make clutch shots down the stretch, she discovered something was missing.

"I'm not disappointed that I didn't win", Kang said.

He finished at +158 to beat USA military wounded veteran golfer Chad Pfeifer (+147).

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