Nelly Korda (b. July 28, 1998 in Bradenton, Florida) has been playing golf at the professional level on the LPGA Tour since 2017, where she has since earned nine tournament victories. Korda won the 2021 Olympic golf tournament in the women's singles and became the third Olympic champion in the event.
The professional sports gene runs in Nelly Korda's family. She is the daughter of former Czech professional tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová.
Her younger brother Sebastian is a tennis player, while her older sister Jessica has also been a golfer on the LPGA Tour since 2011.
Nelly Korda started out as an amateur player. She was a member of the 2015 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup, and as an amateur she won the 2015 Harter Hall Invitational, the 2015 PING Invitational and was a 2015 AJGA Rolex Junior All-American. She also made it to the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, a month before her 15th birthday.
Her pro career started on the Symetra Tour, where she won her first pro event at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge after posting rounds of 68-67-69-66 for a 3-stroke victory over Wichanee Meechai.
She finished the season ranked No. 9 in the money standings, earning her LPGA Tour card for 2017, and made the cut at the U.S. Women's Open in 2013. In 2016, she began her career as a professional player on the Symetra Tour. The results she achieved there allowed her to debut on the LPGA Tour a year later. In 2018, she won her first tour title in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
On June 27, 2021, she won a major tournament for the first time with the LPGA Championship. It was held on the grounds of the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. In the final round, Korda managed a 4-under 68 and she won by a three-stroke difference over Lizette Salas. With this victory, Korda became the world number one in women's golf.
In the Olympic golf tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo, she created a comfortable starting position with -13 on the second of four days. The US-American was able to maintain her lead in the following days. She won two days later with a total of 267 strokes, which meant 17 under par.
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