Jessica Korda beats Danielle Kang in the Tournament of Champions

The American beat her compatriot, who had led the previous three rounds, to take the title. Her sister Nelly Korda finished in third place.


American Jessica Korda conquered the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando (Florida) on Sunday at the expense of her compatriot Danielle Kang, who had led the three previous rounds at the start of the season on the LPGA Tour.

Korda, 27, who finished the fourth round with 66 strokes (-5) added 260 (-24) and tied with Kang, who presented a score of 68 (-3), which forced the tiebreaker at the 18th hole of par 3.

Korda dominated with a 'birdie', the seventh of the day that started with a 'bogey' on hole 3.

The new champion added her sixth LPGA Tour title, but her first since 2018, when she won the Honda LPGA Thailand.

His sister Nelly Korda, fourth in the world, finished in third place with a record of 67 strokes (-4). She totaled 262 hits (-22) .

Fourth place went to South Korea's In Gee Chun (267, -17) .

28-year-old Kang was in control of the tournament for the first three rounds, until inspiration came from Jessica, who in the third round delivered a 60-stroke card (-11), her best professional record.

After reaching the final round two strokes clear, Kang also failed to get the decisive putts on the green, where Jessica was better at securing the title with the four birdies she made in the second half of the round.

Kang finished the round with four birdies and one bogey, the one he made on the 15th hole that was going to cost him to lose the title.

The Mexican Gaby López, champion of the tournament, finished in eleventh place with 273 strokes (-11), as did the French Celine Boutier and the English Georgia Hall.

López finished the fourth round at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Orlando (Florida) with a signed card of 69 strokes (-2) after making four birdies and two bogeys, the second on the hole. 18.

The tournament, for champions of any tournament on the LPGA Tour, featured 25 players paired with 53 athletes and celebrities.

The LPGA's condensed 2020 schedule led the tournament to add winners beginning in 2018 to fill out the field of entrants, enabling the new tournament champion to enter.

Former US tennis player Mardy Fish was proclaimed celebrity champion in the portion of the tournament that used the 'Modified Stableford' format.

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