Nelly Korda won in Florida at first extra hole

A victory to reaffirm its leadership, crowning a golden year. But she arrived with the thrill. In Belleair, Florida, Nelly Korda won the Pelican Women’s Championship, penultimate tournament of the LPGA Tour 2021 with a birdie, on the first extra hole. The American overtook the competition of compatriot Lexi Thompson, New Zealander Lydia Ko and South Korea Jin Young Ko (defending champion), all runners-up after having tied the 72 regular holes with a score of 263 (-17). And to think that Korda (gold medal at the Tokyo Games), who had closed the “moving day” at the top of the standings together with Thompson, risked throwing away the victory. One step away from the title, the queen of women’s golf on the 71st and penultimate regulation hole (the 17th of the day) tripped over a very heavy triple bogey. Her redemption was immediate with a birdie at 18 her and another over-time feat that allowed her to celebrate her seventh career victory (including a Major) on the circuit.

Nelly Korda,┬áPelican Women’s Championship

For the 23-year-old from Bradenton (Florida) this is her fourth success of the season. Before her only Jin Young Ko (sixth in the tournament and second in the world ranking), this year, had succeeded in this feat. But there is more. Because it was since 2012 (Stacy Lewis) that an American player hadn’t managed to drop the poker of victories in the same season. And to think that in 2021 Korda rose to sports Olympus thanks to her triumph at the Olympics, celebrating a truly golden year. On the Pelican Golf Club course (par 70) the Korda cashed a check for $ 262,500 for a total prize pool of 1,750,000. This year the winnings this year rise to 2,237,157 with the overall winnings reaching the quota of 5,975,711. You finished the match in 40th place with 275 (70 69 68 68, -5) strokes Giulia Molinaro, the only blue in the field.

A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.

“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.

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