Nelly Korda joins the family club, wins Women’s Australian Open

Nelly Korda joins the family club, wins Women’s Australian Open
When 20-year-old Nelly Korda won the Women’s Australian Open at The Grange in Adelaide on Sunday, producing a stunning display of power golf to win by two shots, the American had joined her father Petr, sister Jessica and brother Sebastian in winning an Australian Open of sorts (counting the golf and tennis versions).

They are also the first pair of sisters to win the Women’s Australian Open golf title, Jessica
having won the championship at Royal Melbourne in 2012 as a 17-year-old. Facetiming with her elder sister from Florida as the victor walked after the green, Nelly said it all: “I’m finally a part of the club.”

Korda began with a three-shot lead and stretched the advantage to six shots when she made a run of five birdies in six holes to the 12th. Then she was challenged by defending champion Jin-Young Ko of South Korea, who was on her way to a sensational closing 64.

Ko was playing flawless golf and just for a moment, when she knocked her second shot in tight at the par-four 18th, there was a glimmer that the result that had looked obvious all day might just change.

What was required was for Korda to slam the door closed. It came down to the 17th, a par-four that runs uphill to the green. Korda hit her short iron shot right over the flag and it stopped five metres from the cup. The American sized up the left-to-right sliding putt and rammed it in.

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