AmericaNelly Korda won at point 19, receiving $ 675,000 at the major organized by the LPGA Tour and the American Professional Golf Association in Georgia.

Nelly Korda kisses the Womens PGA Championship trophy on June 27.  Photo: AP

Nelly Korda kisses the Women’s PGA Championship trophy on June 27. Image: AP

The tournament took place on the par72 field at the Atlanta Sports Club with a prize fund of 4.5 million USD, and the final round was completed at dawn on June 28, Vietnam time.

On the closing day, Korda scored two eagles, two birdies and despite the double bogey on the 15th hole, he still went to the podium with a final difference of three strokes compared to runner-up Lizette Salas.

She scored the first eagle after nearly hitting the albatross on the 5th, par5 hole. At this pin, Korda went from the fairway to the green with a 7 wooden stick, and the ball was just over an arm’s length from the hole:

Korda almost hit the albatross on hole 5, par5

Korda’s second Eagle on the 12th, after using an iron from the fairway with just enough power to cross the lake and then leap onto the green, 4.5 meters from the target.

Korda eagle in hole 12

Early in the game, Korda and Salas finished T1 at -15, five strokes ahead of the closest group of opponents – T3s consisting of Giulia Molinaro, Celine Boutier and Thai golfer Patty Tavatanakit – April’s major ANA Inspiration winner as new LPGA Tour soldiers.

However, this group did not score negative in the last leg. In the end, Molinaro was in T3 (point -10), Tavatanakit in T5 (-8) and Boutier T7 (-7). Meanwhile, only Salas, who started the last round with Korda, really had a chance when nine holes were exhausted.

After the first two holes, Korda began to monopolize the top of the table, leading Salas by a birdie on hole 3. On hole 5, Salas was two strokes behind because Korda scored an eagle. On hole 6, Salas was one stroke away thanks to birdie while his opponent kept par. This distance remains the same throughout the next five holes.

On hole 12, Korda was eagle again, and Salas bogey. This was an expensive mistake for Salas because Korda took a four and then five lead thanks to birdie on hole 14. On hole 15, Korda hit the lake and scored a double bogey. Three rounds ago, she had a heart attack twice because she almost got caught in a water trap at this stage, in which twice par and once bogey.

However, the last day’s “smashing” phase only reduced her advantage to three strokes. Korda maintained the lead until the end of the round, after a 2.4-meter putt that kept the par and finished the tournament while Salas par all the way from the 13th hole. Salas finished second at point – 16, receiving $418,700.

The last paragraph was constantly par, causing Salas to accept second place.  Photo: AP

The last paragraph was constantly par, causing Salas to accept second place. Image: AP

A week ago, Korda won his fifth championship on the LPGA Tour – Meijer LPGA Classic.

The 67th Women’s PGA Championship has just ended, Korda has achieved four career milestones – owning a major for the first time as well as being number one in the world (Rolex Rankings), tickets to the Tokyo Olympics next month, winning two consecutive LPGA Tour events.

“This is the result of striving since I was 14 years old. Back then, I attended the major for the first time and immediately dreamed of becoming a champion one day. Finally, after eight years, I am satisfied,” Korda said at the award ceremony.

From 2018 to now, Korda is the first American golfer to win a major tournament consisting of five annual events. In the Rolex Rankings, she is also the only American-born player to top the Rolex Rankings, after Stacy Lewis in 2014.

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