GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – With a score of 25 under par over four days at Blythefield Country Club, Nelly Korda won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.
âI hope everyone was having fun, I was amused, quite stressed out too, actually,â Korda laughed after the round.
The 22-year-old Bradenton, Fla. Resident earned her fifth career LPGA victory on Sunday.
Korda is the first player to have multiple wins on the LPGA Tour in the 2021 season, as she also won the 2021 Gainbridge Championship in late February.
Her victory would not be without drama in the final holes of the round, including in the sixteenth when Korda bogier, while Ireland’s Leona Maguire would birdie, reducing the lead to just one stroke.
âSome days you get more aggravated, some days you are okay with the mistakes,â Korda added, âtoday luckily I was okay with the mistakes, I knew there were still a lot of golf there. “
Korda and Maguire both reportedly pared the seventeenth hole with a par 4 as they entered the eighteenth one stroke apart.
At the eighteenth par 5, Korda’s second shot would end up to the left of the green in the rough.
“As I was knocking I was like ‘oh no'”, she laughed, “I didn’t even have a good lie honestly, one foot was in the bunker, and I had to grab hold of in the inning, I got in a birdie opportunity. “
Korda would recover beautifully and grab the birdie and the win.
Korda’s 72-hole score sets the record for the best score ever since the inception of the Classic in 2014.
âIf you had told me at the US Open that I was going to shoot under 25, I would have said yes, that’s right,â she added, âbut I did a good job at home, my dad was at every practice. “
Following the victory, tournament officials announced a $ 1.1 million donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program, as well as a $ 25,000 donation to a hunger relief program in a city of choice of Korda. .
Korda chose to keep the donation in Grand Rapids.
âI knew I wanted to do something with the kids, I love kids and I also knew I wanted to keep him here in Grand Rapids,â Korda said after the win.
With the victory, Korda wins $ 345,000 in prize money. She has earned $ 1.1 million this season and $ 4.8 million during her career on the LPGA.