Nelly Korda’s final round of 67 saw her sister pass Jessica, who had won the team event and was aiming for a double; Nelly overcame a seven-stroke deficit as she battled to win her second Ladies European Tour event in southern Spain
Last update: 20/08/22 20:38
Highlights from Day 3 of the Aramco LET Team Series where Nelly Korda defeated her sister Jessica Korda who had a terrible day after taking a six shot lead
World No. 3 Nelly Korda shot an excellent final round of 67 (-5) to claim the individual title at the Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande by three strokes.
The major champion started the day seven shots behind overnight leader, her sister Jessica Korda, and dropped a shot on the second hole.
But the Olympic champion soon found herself in three birdies on holes seven to nine and again on holes 12 to 14, before adding another on hole 16.
Despite a bogey at the end, Korda sealed victory – her second on the Ladies European Tour – with a 13-under aggregate score at La Reserva Club in Sotogrande.
“I’m super excited to win,” said the great champion. “I haven’t won this year so it’s nice to have a win under my belt, but I’m also very sad because it wasn’t the day Jess expected. I guess we were hoping for a little more battle in stride, but that’s golf and it happens sometimes.
“I had a bit of bad luck on number two. I was just behind a tree in the fairway. I bugged that hole so I was above par for the majority of the front nine, but I had a nice little race, I had two I just stuck with it and I said to myself that there were a lot of opportunities and I hope to be able to exploit them.
“The first two days were a bit loose; today it was a bit more intense playing with two other competitors in the final group and being quite close to the lead. We were going back and forth with the head, but it’s so much fun playing those first two days with the team. It gives you a bit of a different side to golf. I enjoyed it.
Three players finished in second place with Jessica Korda, Pauline Roussin of France and Ana Peláez Trivino of Spain all at 10 under par.
It was another regular day for the Spaniard, who ended the week with a bogey-free round of 69 (-3) and finished as the best Spanish player.
“I had a really good day there,” said the 2022 Madrid Ladies Open champion. maybe convert the birdies, but that didn’t happen.
“I was emotionally very calm until the end, and I think that’s what helped me finish tied for second place. I had so many people following me today, I love the energy I feel when I know people are watching and I’m very happy with today’s round.
“It was definitely a good week to do well, I’m still looking forward to the Solheim Cup in 2023 and this week has been a great week to play and I hope the captain is watching over me.”
In the Race to Costa del Sol 2022, Sweden’s Maja Stark still leads the standings with 3,037.64 points ahead of her compatriots Grant (2,533.91) and Johanna Gustavsson (1,802.63).
De Roey is still in fourth place with Argentina’s Maggie Simmermacher in fifth and England’s Georgia Hall in sixth.
South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace remains seventh with Britain’s Meghan MacLaren just behind, while Spain’s Peláez moves up to ninth and now has 1,096.46 points, with Finland’s Tiia Koivisto completing the top 10.