LPGA: Nelly Korda wins second event of 2024 at Seri Pak Championship

Nelly Korda won her second LPGA Tour event of 2024 – and 10th of her career – with a play-off victory over Ryann O’Toole.

The American pair finished on nine under par at the Seri Pak Championship at Palos Verdes in California to force a decider.

And it was Korda who sealed it on the first play-off hole with a birdie.

The win was enough to send the 25-year-old Olympic champion back to the world number one spot.

Korda last played seven weeks ago, when she beat Lydia Ko – also in a play-off – to win the Drive On Championship.

She looked like easing to victory when an eagle at the 14th saw her lead by three on a windy course.

But back-to-back bogeys saw her finish with a two-under-par 69 while O’Toole’s five-under 66 was the lowest round of the day and left them both on nine under.

“Today was just really tough. But I think that’s also the beauty of the game,” said Korda, 25.

“It’s fun to play in these conditions and kind of be a little bit more artistic out here.”

Australian rookie Gabriela Ruffels – a former professional tennis player – finished a shot behind the leaders, alongside American Alison Lee.

Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and England’s Charley Hull were a further three shots behind, both ending on five under.

SOURCE: BBC Sport   (go to source)
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