Ranking: Nelly Korda (-19), Lizette Salas (-16), Giulia Molinaro, Hyo Joo Kim (-10), Danielle Kang (-8), Patty Tavatanakit (-8)
How did it happen: Korda and Salas entered Sunday’s final round five strokes ahead of the field at 15 strokes, but Korda found herself two ahead after nearly making an albatross on the par-5 fifth hole. After his second eagle of the day, at par-5 12e hole, which signaled a three-stroke swing between Korda and Salas, and a birdie at par-4 14e, Korda led by five shots. Not even a water ball off the tee and a par-3 double bogey 15e brought Salas closer to striking distance, as Korda, who saw his 49-hole par-or-better streak shattered after that brace, kept his cool and finished a 4-under shutdown 68.
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What this means: The 22-year-old Korda is not only a grand champion for the first time, she is also set to become world No.1 for the first time in her career. She is the first major American winner since Angela Stanford won the 2018 Evian and the first US-born world No.1 since Stacy Lewis in 2014. When Korda turned pro at 17, she was not old enough to compete immediately on the LPGA. , but that didn’t mean no one saw his potential. Unsurprisingly, she is now a six-time LPGA winner – three of those wins have come this season – and will represent her country – likely along with her older sister, Jessica, and younger brother, Sebastian, a No.50-ranked tennis player. in the ATP rankings – at the Olympics next month in Tokyo. She’ll likely get there as a player to beat too.
Meanwhile, Salas, 31, has finished third in T-6 or better in her last five starts as she continues to chase another Solheim Cup spot. Her second place was her best since placing second at the Women’s British Open 2019.
Tour of the day: Amy Yang birdied six to accompany an eagle in the eighth par 4 to shoot 8-under-64 and climb to T-9, her 18th top-10 major.
Pictures of the day: It’s hard to choose between Korda’s second shots at numbers 5 and 12. The first came from 243 yards with 7 woods, and he almost found the bottom of the cup.
The latter barely cleaned up the lake – not the first or even the second time Korda narrowly avoided the water this week – before settling down to 12 feet.
The biggest disappointments: Patty Tavatanakit, Giulia Molinaro and Céline Boutier were the three players five shots back for the final day, but none of them got past the par and all three combined to shoot 5 over. Salas was the only player besides Korda who really stood a chance, and Salas’s expensive No.12 bogey virtually ended his offer.
Winning quote: “Honestly, it’s something I’ve been working for since I was 14, since I played in my first [major], I wanted to be a great champion, and finally do it… it’s really special. “- Korda