LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship: Nelly Korda back as world No 1 after claiming victory | Golf News

Nelly Korda held off Lexi Thompson to earn her first LPGA Tour victory of the year and reclaim the world No. 1 spot; Korda missed four months with a blood clot in her left arm and has struggled to regain her form since

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Highlights from the final round of the Pelican Women's Championship from the Pelican Golf Club in Florida.

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Highlights from the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship from the Pelican Golf Club in Florida.

Highlights from the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship from the Pelican Golf Club in Florida.

Nelly Korda is back as the No. 1 player in women’s golf after winning the LPGA Tour’s Pelican Women’s Championship on Sunday.

Korda overturned a two-shot deficit on the final day at Pelican Golf Club to successfully defend her title, posting a six-under 64 to finish the event on 14 under and one shot past Lexi Thompson.

The victory in the event – reduced to 54 holes after Tropical Storm Nicole – is Korda’s eighth on the LPGA Tour and first since winning the same tournament as last year, with her latest success which should lift her above Thai teenager Atthaya Thitikul at the top of the world rankings.

“I think there have been more lows than highs this year, and I think that’s what makes it so much better for me,” said Korda, who has missed much of the season. to recover from a blood clot in his left arm. “With how my game was so good in the last two LPGA starts I’ve had, I didn’t think I had the confidence maybe I was going to win.”

Korda birdied three of his front nine and caught more shots on the tenth and 13th, while back-to-back wins from the 16th meant a bogey on the par-four last would be enough for the win.

Thompson mixed six birdies with two bogeys in her final round 66 and closed with four straight pars, seeing her narrowly miss the win, while overnight leader Allisen Corpuz finished three strokes in third after a one under 69.

“It’s a bit frustrating to be as close (as I have been) and not get as many wins as I would have liked,” admitted Thompson after a fourth-place finish of the season. “It’s golf. That’s what’s so crazy about this game, you lose more than you win unfortunately.

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Morgane Metraux, Hannah Green and Gaby Lopez finished tied at three for fourth with nine under, with Lizette Salas, Ally Ewing and Maria Fassi all adrift with a share of eighth.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire finished in the top 10 with an under-68 score, while Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh finished 13th in her first start since winning her first LPGA Tour title at the Toto Japan Classic earlier this month.

The LPGA Tour remains in Florida for its season-ending CME Group Tour championship, where the top 60 eligible players in the season standings compete for a $7 million purse. Watch all four rounds live on Sky Sports, with coverage beginning Thursday from 7 p.m. on Sky Sports Golf.

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