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Jessica Korda: Sisters have a weekend on LPGA Tour they will always remember

2021-01-25 15:27:41

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In a gripping playoff on the final day of the LPGA Tour’s Event of Champions in Florida, elder sister Jessica putted a 25-foot birdie to grab victory from Danielle Kang, whereas world No. 4 Nelly carded the most effective last spherical rating to complete third.
“I knew I used to be going to should go low right this moment,” Jessica advised reporters afterwards “It was a loopy day … A loopy two days. A loopy week!”

The victory for the 27-year-old Jessica on the 4 Seasons Golf and Sports activities Membership Orlando was her sixth on the LPGA Tour, and her first in almost three years.

It was a record-breaking weekend for Jessica, who smashed the match scoring document with a four-day whole of 24-under 260, simply eclipsing the earlier mark of 14-under 270 set by Eun Hee Ji in 2019. The win additionally got here the day after Korda shot solely the fifth 60 in LPGA Tour historical past.

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For sister Nelly, her spectacular efficiency underlined the famous person degree she has displayed all through her blossoming profession.

“I hit it strong, putted nicely, tried to get as shut as I might to them, however I began actually far again,” mentioned Nelly earlier than her sister’s dramatic finale.

“I gave it probability and I am pleased that Jess performed nicely.”

Whereas the achievements of the sisters exemplify a sporting pedigree harking back to the Williams sisters or Manning brothers, their journey might have taken one other path — following their father the skilled tennis participant and Australian Open winner Petr Korda.

The truth is, Jessica’s victory on Sunday was her first together with her dad and mom, Petr and fellow former tennis play Regina Rajchrtová, within the gallery.

“My dad and mom all the time pushed us to play a bunch of various sports activities, by no means one particularly,” Jessica advised Newpaper24’s Dwelling Golf in 2018. “Tennis was only a sport that I performed; it was by no means a sport that I liked to play.”

Nevertheless, their youthful brother Sebastian did, profitable the junior title on the Australian Open twenty years after his father’s win.

“Rising up, I all the time wished to do what my sister did,” added Nelly. “She was getting classes and I used to be beating golf balls proper beside her, so actually I began taking part in ever since I began strolling.”

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Nelly Korda, left, and Jessica Korda during the final round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions LPGA.

In a person sport like golf, rivals have to be envious of the sisters as they appear throughout the inexperienced to see a face from a household that can little doubt make extra headlines.

“It is all the time wholesome,” mentioned Nelly. “It is by no means unhealthy, we simply actually push one another, we assist one another out, we would like one another to do nicely.”

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