With her fifth straight victory, world number one Nelly Korda set an LPGA record and won the Chevron Championship, her second major title and 13th career tour victory. 

At Carlton Woods, a suburban Houston golf course, Korda endured a tense back nine but never gave up to fight off competitors over the final holes. With her dedication and exceptional plays, she won the $1.2 million top prize in the first women’s major of the season.

Korda’s season win run surpassed five championships in five starts with her two-stroke victory over Maja Stark of Sweden. This accomplishment tied the LPGA record achieved by Nancy Lopez of the United States in 1978 and Annika Sorenstam of Sweden in 2004 to 2005. 

Korda declared after her win: “I can finally breathe now. That back nine felt like the longest back nine of my entire life… It was a little bit of a grind on the back nine but happy to get the win.”

Korda’s season performance 

After 72 holes, Korda shot a final round three-under par 69 to finish at 13-under 275. Stark finished second on 277. American Lauren Coughlin and Canadian Brooke Henderson shared third place on 278. Ryu Hae-ran, a South Korean, finished fifth on 279 after closing with 74.

The daughter of former Czech tennis player Petr Korda, Korda won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics and the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship, her only other major victory. Additionally, Korda also won the LPGA Match Play earlier this month, the Ford and Seri Pak titles from the month before, and the Drive On Championship in January.

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“There’s a key in the simplicity that I have. I honestly take it a shot at a time…It has been working so far. I feel like sometimes golf can get overcomplicated,” Korda admitted. 

In celebration of her victory, Korda posted on her Instagram account: “I don’t even know where to begin, but I’ll start out with thanking my TEAM & FAMILY I wouldn’t be who I am without each and every one of you and I am SO grateful for y’all.

“Thank you to all the fans that came out, all the volunteers and everyone involved behind the scenes.”

 

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Source: ABS-CBN

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