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Nelly Korda's unique family double at Women's Aussie Open

Korda held on for a two shot win over Jin Young Ko (Photo: Golf Australia)
20-year-old Floridian, Nelly Korda, has completed a remarkable family double when taking the Women’s Australian Open Championship, seven years after her sister had broken through for her first LPGA Tour title at the same event at Royal Melbourne in 2012.

Korda held off a spirited late challenge from defending champion, Jin Young Ko, to win by two shots after establishing a commanding lead early in her back nine.

Ko birdied four of her last six holes to close the gap, but it was a case of too little too late for the impressive Korean.

For Korda, however, it was a continuation of a family tradition of winning in Australia, not only with her sister’s fine win but that of her father (Peter) as the Australian Open tennis champion many years ago.

“I don't know.  I guess, as I said, there's maybe something in the air here,” said Korda. “No, we love coming Down Under, and we really enjoy our time here. And my dad I just got off the phone with my dad, and he's like, well, congratulations, you're part of the Korda's clan now. So, that was funny.

“You know, what's really great about Jess is that she never really I was never really in her shadow.  I was, but she never really made me feel like I was in her shadow.  She always made me be really independent, do whatever I wanted and kind of go my own way.

“Because when you're out here, you kind of need a person like a mentor your first year out here.  And she just taught me to go my own way.”

Ko finished on her own in 2nd position and three ahead of the 3rd placed Wei Ling Hsu, further emphasising the dominance of Korda’s win.

The leading Australians were Sarah Kemp and Hannah Green who tied for 10th and for Kemp in particular it completes a remarkable two weeks in Australian where she has enhanced her standing significantly on the LPGA Tour after beginning the year with almost none.

After a year back on the Ladies European Tour last year after losing LPGA Tour status she has benefited from the confidence of several good finishes there and is now assured or more starts in the US this year.

For Green it was her second consecutive top ten in the Women’s Australian Open and on the LPGA Tour having finished 3rd last year in her rookie LPGA Tour season.

Australia's Sarah Kemp - in fine form

 

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