Kupcho takes last victory leap in Mission Hills finale
Six strokes ahead entering the round, Kupcho shot a 2-over 74 for a two-stroke victory over Jessica Korda in The Chevron Championship. Korda shot a 69. Kupcho pushed the advantage to four with a 3-foot birdie putt on the 15th, and Korda missed a 12-foot birdie try soon after on 16. The first U.S. winner since Brittany Lincicome in 2015, Kupcho opened Thursday with a 66 for a share of the lead. She had a 70 on Friday and shot 64 on Saturday to break the tournament 54-hole record at 16 under.wftv.com
Korda holds slight lead going into final day of LPGA opener
Korda, 23, won the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA on the same course, Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Canada’s Brooke Henderson and Japan’s Yuka Saso matched the day’s low score of 68 and will begin Sunday two and three strokes behind Korda, respectively. Korda is seeking her eighth career LPGA title. 1 player, Annika Sorenstam, who won 72 times on the LPGA and leads the celebrity field. I think my biggest thing I’m proud of is that I’m just staying in the moment, staying in what I need to do.wftv.com
Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson tied for lead in low-scoring LPGA
Low scores ruled the day again at Pelican Golf Club, with 10 rounds at 65 or better. “I’ve been hitting it actually really close this week, giving myself a lot of opportunities,” Korda said. Korda finished her round with a 9-iron from 128 yards that floated out of the sky to 3 feet. She has gone more than two years since her last LPGA Tour victory, having already squandered a great chance earlier this year at the U.S. Women's Open. Lauren Coughlin was a late entry into the field at Pelican Golf Club and is making the most of it.wftv.com
Europe rides foursomes rout to early lead at Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup Europe's Matilda Castren, left, Anna Nordqvist celebrate on the third hole during the foursome matches at the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. (Carlos Osorio)TOLEDO, Ohio — (AP) — Defending champion Europe rode a dominant performance in the alternate-shot format to surge to a 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead at the Solheim Cup on Saturday. The three-point margin tied the biggest lead after one day in the 17 editions of the Solheim Cup. Matilda Castren and seven-time Solheim Cup veteran Anna Nordqvist dropped Mina Harigae and Lexi Thompson 4 and 3 in four-ball, the lone blowout of the day. Reid and Maguire, a Solheim Cup rookie, more than held their own against the Korda sisters.wftv.com
At the Solheim Cup, a new definition of "pod" casting
Solheim Cup Golf From left, Bubba Watson, Jessica Korda, Ally Ewing, Megan Khang, Morgan Pressel and Nelly Korda approach the seventh green during practice for the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. The five-time Solheim Cup veteran and three-time vice-captain figures that she approached 20-25 potential players at some point over the last two years, asking them to take a personality test. The goal, just as it was for 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger — who introduced the concept that three-time Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster adopted in 2015 — was to divide the group into compatible four-player pods that would spend the week eating, practicing, playing — and hopefully winning — together. Yet if that's all it took to win the Solheim Cup, the Americans would have dominated the biennial competition since its inception in 1990. It's why four-time Solheim Cup veteran Mel Reid will find herself on the first tee Saturday morning with Leona Maguire, the first Irish woman to compete in the Cup.wftv.com
Korda sisters team for share of LPGA Tour lead in Midland
MIDLAND, Mich. — (AP) — Nelly and Jessica Korda teamed to shoot a 5-under 65 in alternate-shot play Wednesday for a share of the first-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “I think our games are pretty similar,” Nelly Korda said. Nelly Korda is making her first start since winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and the KPMG Women's PGA in consecutive weeks to take the No. 1, but I just had a lot of fun,” Nelly Korda said. Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu were at 67 with sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn and Mi Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6.wftv.com
Nelly Korda shoots 62, takes 3-shot lead in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — (AP) — Nelly Korda shot a career-best 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Leona Maguire into the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic. 4 in the world, birdied the last three holes and five of the last six in the round interrupted by a rain delay. She won the Gainbridge LPGA in Florida in Orlando, Florida, in February — after older sister Jessica won the previous tour event — for her fourth LPGA Tour victory. The 26-year-old former Duke player is trying to become the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history. Everybody expects Nelly to win tomorrow,” Maguire said.wftv.com
Hsu's late eagle creates big swing in first career LPGA win
(AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Steve Helber)WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — (AP) — Wei-Ling Hsu promised her caddie she wouldn't cry if, or when, she finally won. Hsu eagled the par-5 15th hole Sunday, creating a four-shot swing that gave her a two-shot lead, and won the LPGA Tour’s Pure Silk Championship for her first career victory. I don't want to wait any, more” a tearful Hsu said on the green after securing the victory with a par. Jutanugarn’s lead doubled with her third birdie in four holes on the par-4 14th, setting up the remarkable final lead-swap at 15. Korda also birdied the 17th, leaving Hsu with a two-shot lead heading the par-4 18th, but Korda bogeyed the 18th, leaving Jutaugarn alone in second and Korda third.wftv.com
Shu's late eagle creates big swing in first career LPGA win
(AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Steve Helber)WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — (AP) — Wei-Ling Shu eagled the par-5 15th hole Sunday, creating a four-shot swing that gave her a two-shot lead, and won the LPGA Tour’s Pure Silk Championship for her first career victory. She closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 13-under 271, two shots clear of playing partner Moriya Jutanugarn. And it all happened on the easiest hole on the course, again showing it can also be the decisive one. Jutanugarn’s lead doubled with her third birdie in four holes on the par-4 14th, setting up the remarkable final lead-swap at 15. Korda also birdied the 17th, leaving Shu with a two-shot lead heading the par-4 18th, but Korda bogeyed the 18th, leaving Jutaugarn alone in second and Korda third.wftv.com
Sarah Kemp takes LPGA Tour lead at firm and fast Kingsmill
8 to tie Stacy Lewis for the lead at 6 under and finishing with a par on No. The 35-year-old Australian is winless in her 14-season LPGA Tour career. '”The 35-year-old Lewis has 13 LPGA Tour titles, the last in the 2020 Ladies Scottish Open — also in firm and fast conditions. Ariya Jutanugarn, coming off a victory two weeks ago in her home LPGA Tour event in Thailand, missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 77. Paula Creamer also failed to advance to the weekend, shooting 76-74 in her first LPGA Tour start since tying for 63rd in the BMW Ladies Championship in October 2019.wftv.com
A busy Thursday in golf and tennis awaits the Korda family
MIAMI – Nelly Korda keeps asking her parents if she can book their flight to watch her and her sister play in the LPGA’s first major of the year this week. “Probably they’re going to change their schedule a little bit and hopefully stay with me,” Sebastian Korda said. 18 in the world; Nelly Korda, 22, is ranked No. Sebastian Korda is the little brother, at least in terms of age — he’s 20, but at 6-foot-5, he’s certainly not little. “He loves to pump up,” Nelly Korda said.
Ernst wins Drive On Championship for 3rd LPGA Tour title
Albane Valenzuela misses a putt during the final round of the LPGA Drive On Championship at Golden Ocala in Ocala, Florida on Sunday, March 7, 2020. [Alan Youngblood/Special to the Ocala Star-Banner]OCALA, Fla. – Austin Ernst won the Drive On Championship on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, pulling away to beat fellow former NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho by five strokes at Golden Ocala. She won the NCAA title in 2011. It’s just unfortunate that’s when mine came for the week.”Winless on the tour, the former 23-year-old former Wake Forest star from Colorado won the NCAA title in 2018 and the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019. Nelly Korda, tied with Ernst and Kupcho for the first-round lead, had weekend rounds of 76 and 75 to tie for 28th at even par.
Trevor Simsby gets unusual shot at WGC and holds his own
Trevor Simsby took that to another level last week at the Workday Championship. Simsby finished his college career at Washington and tried the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour Latinoamerica without any success. However, a few hours before Collin Morikawa won the Workday Championship, Branden Grace won the Puerto Rico Open. ... International players had won five consecutive PGA Tour events in Florida until Collin Morikawa won the World Golf Championship at The Concession. STAT OF THE WEEKAmericans have won nine of the last 11 majors and 10 of the last 11 World Golf Championships.
Whoa, Nelly! Korda makes it 2 straight wins for her family
Nelly Korda followed in big sister's footsteps with a three-shot victory that looked easier than it felt. “Yeah, Jess' win, I was like, ‘OK, I got to get one now,’" Korda said. But it's nice to get back-to-back Korda wins now.”More than just matching her sister, Korda won for the first time on American soil. Sorenstam finished 29 shots behind Korda, who won by three over Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko. Korda made sure of that with a steady diet of pars and picking up enough birdies when she needed them.
Love appointed captain again, this time for Presidents Cup
The PGA Tour has selected Love to be U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was captain when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to beat the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he was Ryder Cup captain for a rare U.S. victory four years later at Hazeltine. He also was an assistant captain in the Ryder Cup under Corey Pavin in 2010 and Jim Furyk in 2018 and is on the staff of Steve Stricker this year. The Presidents Cup was supposed to be played this year until the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Ryder Cup being postponed one year to this September. ... Tony Finau has 35 finishes in the top 10 since the start of the 2016-17 season on the PGA Tour without winning.
Jessica Korda rallies to beat Kang in playoff at LPGA opener
It was the sixth LPGA victory for the 27-year-old Korda, her last one coming nearly three years ago. “I knew I was going to have to go low today,” said Jessica Korda. Saturday, Jessica Korda became the sixth player in LPGA history to shoot 60 or better with her sparkling 11-under 60. Jessica Korda had owned the back nine all week (she would play it in 21-under par despite her three closing bogeys Friday). Kang, also seeking her sixth LPGA victory, had spoken all week about not being able to prepare for the event as she normally would.
Sophia Popov shoots 64 to lead Pelican Women’s Championship
Haley Moore tees off on the first hole during the first round of the LPGA Pelican Women's Championship golf tournament Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Belleair, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)BELLEAIR, Fla. – Women's British Open winner Sophia Popov left top-ranked playing partner Jin Young Ko and everyone else behind Thursday in the Pelican Women’s Championship. Popov shot a 6-under 64 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead over Ashleigh Buhai, with Ko eight shots behind after a 72 in her first LPGA Tour start of the year. Ally McDonald, playing alongside Popov and Ko in an afternoon threesome, was at 67 with Women’s PGA champion Sei Young Kim, the No. U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6, also making her return to the LPGA Tour, had a double bogey and two bogeys in a 73. She last played the Women’s Australian Open in February before the tour began shutting down its Asia swing because of the pandemic.