Gainbridge LPGA R4

Nelly Korda wins in by three shots

February 25-28
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Orlando, Florida
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




At 22-years-old, Nelly Korda has won her fourth victory on the LPGA Tour since joining in 2017 with a bogey-free 69 to finish at 16-under overall.


“I was so uptight and stressed today. It may not have looked that way, but if you just heard my conversations with my caddie today you would’ve known how stressed I was because I was not hitting it well. I didn’t feel very good. I just grinded through it. Today was honestly a grind,” said Korda. “Honestly, I was pretty uneasy all day. I was not hitting it good. I was not hitting enough greens. I was not hitting it great off the tee. I just kept it together.”

The 54-hole leader started with three birdies on the first six holes and followed it up with 12 straight pars.



Korda had never yet won on American soil, or had a professional win in front of her parents. It’s the second time in LPGA Tour history that sisters have won consecutive events (her sister, Jessica, won the season’s opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champion in January). The first were Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam in 2000; Annika won the Welch’s/Circle K Championship on March 13 and Charlotta won the Standard Register PING on March 19.

“It’s amazing. If we can follow in their footsteps, in Annika’s footsteps, that would be absurd,” said Korda. “It just feels amazing to pull off a win, especially in front of family. It’s actually kind of funny because Jess won the week of my dad’s birthday and I won the week of Jess’.”


Korda’s win come just months after injuring her back during the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and having to withdraw, then taking time off to recover for the U.S. Women’s Open and the CME Group Tour Championship.

“I think there is no athlete that’s not in pain, to be honest. Every athlete is constantly dealing with something and just trying to maintain. Yeah, it’s been a really hard six, seven months. I don’t know when I injured it. I’ve worked a lot on my body to get myself to where I am today,” said Korda. “I’m continually going to work that hard, but it feels great to finally see the hard work payoff.”



Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson tied for second at 13-under. Thompson carded her third-straight 68 helped by an eagle at the 11th.

“The eagle was definitely a good little boost to get somewhat up there. I just tried to stay within my game and focus on one shot at a time, and that definitely helped,” said Thompson. “I bogeyed the next hole, but I just tried to stay in it and birdie coming in.”

World No. 1 Jin Young Ko ended the day at 11-under to finish fourth, her fourth consecutive top-five finish since the 2020 Volunteers of America Classic.



Local resident Annika Sorentam, making a one-off appearance after retiring in 2008, played a final-round 76 to finish 74th at 13-over.

“You know, I’m just thankful for being here, playing here and be able to make the cut. I think overall it’s been quite successful in the sense that I accomplished what I wanted, which was to go out here and just play and play and play. I hit a lot of shots, but I really focused on every shot,” said Sorenstam. “I think I never gave up, even though it was not really going my way and I wasn’t hitting as well as I should be to be out here. The purpose was to get some tournament rounds and I did that.

“I would say I’m quite tired, I’m exhausted. I gave it all. Takes a lot of effort when you miss greens and chip around these greens is really, really difficult. So put a lot of energy into that and obviously just with everybody around it’s been fantastic. It really has. The more I think about it, and once it sinks in I think it’s going to be a big smile on my face.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Nelly Korda
-16
67
68
68
69
272
T2
Lydia Ko
-13
65
69
72
69
275
T2
Lexi Thompson
-13
71
68
68
68
275
4
Jin Young Ko
-11
68
72
66
71
277
T5
Sarah Kemp
-10
70
69
70
69
278
T5
Patty Tavatanakit
-10
69
69
66
74
278
7
Angel Yin
-9
72
69
65
73
279
T8
Ashleigh Buhai
-8
71
67
71
71
280
T8
Chella Choi
-8
69
69
69
73
280
T8
In Gee Chun
-8
69
68
71
72
280
T8
Stacy Lewis
-8
71
68
70
71
280
T8
Sophia Popov
-8
70
70
70
70
280
T8
Jenny Shin
-8
71
70
71
68
280
T8
Marissa Steen
-8
69
71
68
72
280
15
Dani Holmqvist
-7
74
67
71
69
281
T16
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
71
69
68
74
282
T16
Xiyu Lin
-6
68
71
72
71
282
T16
Yu Liu
-6
73
72
66
71
282
T16
Leona Maguire
-6
69
72
69
72
282
T16
Amy Yang
-6
72
70
70
70
282
T21
Georgia Hall
-5
72
69
71
71
283
T21
Jennifer Kupcho
-5
68
71
70
74
283
T21
Sarah Schmelzel
-5
72
71
73
67
283
T24
Sei Young Kim
-4
72
74
72
66
284
T24
Brittany Lincicome
-4
69
73
71
71
284
T24
Anna Nordqvist
-4
72
72
69
71
284
T24
Ryann O’Toole
-4
68
68
77
71
284
T24
Amy Olson
-4
70
69
74
71
284
T24
Annie Park
-4
74
71
70
69
284
T24
Lindsey Weaver
-4
71
72
71
70
284
T31
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-3
67
74
72
72
285
T31
Jessica Korda
-3
71
68
70
76
285
T31
Andrea Lee
-3
70
74
70
71
285
T31
Morgan Pressel
-3
70
74
68
73
285
T31
Anne van Dam
-3
73
72
67
73
285
T36
Lindy Duncan
-2
70
73
68
75
286
T36
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
75
70
71
70
286
T36
Cristie Kerr
-2
70
72
71
73
286
T36
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
-2
73
70
71
72
286
T36
Lauren Stephenson
-2
71
73
68
74
286
T36
Albane Valenzuela
-2
71
73
70
72
286
T42
Brittany Altomare
-1
73
68
74
72
287
T42
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-1
70
73
71
73
287
T44
Ssu-Chia Cheng
E
74
72
69
73
288
T44
Perrine Delacour
E
73
72
71
72
288
T44
Caroline Masson
E
74
70
73
71
288
T44
Jennifer Song
E
76
67
72
73
288
T48
Aditi Ashok
1
74
71
74
70
289
T48
Nicole Broch Larsen
1
68
71
76
74
289
T48
Megan Khang
1
68
75
70
76
289
T48
Bronte Law
1
73
71
71
74
289
T52
Ally Ewing
2
72
72
72
74
290
T52
Nasa Hataoka
2
70
72
74
74
290
T52
Charley Hull
2
71
72
72
75
290
T52
Haeji Kang
2
73
72
71
74
290
T52
Angela Stanford
2
73
72
72
73
290
T57
Cheyenne Knight
3
73
70
73
75
291
T57
Jeongeun Lee6
3
70
73
74
74
291
T57
Pernilla Lindberg
3
71
73
69
78
291
T57
Yealimi Noh
3
72
71
74
74
291
T57
Mariah Stackhouse
3
70
73
74
74
291
T57
Linnea Strom
3
73
71
75
72
291
T57
Jasmine Suwannapura
3
70
73
72
76
291
T64
Kristen Gillman
4
75
71
75
71
292
T64
Maria Torres
4
73
72
71
76
292
T66
Carlota Ciganda
5
75
69
73
76
293
T66
Wei-Ling Hsu
5
75
70
76
72
293
T66
Jeong Eun Lee
5
76
70
75
72
293
T66
Madelene Sagstrom
5
77
69
73
74
293
T70
Jennifer Chang
6
72
72
76
74
294
T70
Dana Finkelstein
6
75
71
75
73
294
72
Jaye Marie Green
7
74
69
76
76
295
73
Pornanong Phatlum
10
74
72
74
78
298
74
Annika Sorenstam
13
75
71
79
76
301
CUT
Daniela Darquea
3
73
74
147
CUT
Austin Ernst
3
75
72
147
CUT
Danielle Kang
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jaclyn Lee
3
75
72
147
CUT
Gaby Lopez
3
68
79
147
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
3
75
72
147
CUT
Lizette Salas
3
74
73
147
CUT
Jing Yan
3
72
75
147
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
4
76
72
148
CUT
Mi Jung Hur
4
74
74
148
CUT
Caroline Inglis
4
73
75
148
CUT
Katherine Kirk
4
72
76
148
CUT
Brittany Lang
4
75
73
148
CUT
Stephanie Meadow
4
76
72
148
CUT
Azahara Munoz
4
75
73
148
CUT
Liz Nagel
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jane Park
4
75
73
148
CUT
Mel Reid
4
71
77
148
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
4
77
71
148
CUT
Celine Boutier
5
74
75
149
CUT
Jenny Coleman
5
75
74
149
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
5
76
73
149
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
5
76
73
149
CUT
Emma Talley
5
76
73
149
CUT
Robynn Ree
6
76
74
150
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
6
75
75
150
CUT
Laura Davies
7
75
76
151
CUT
Sandra Gal
7
77
74
151
CUT
Muni He
7
76
75
151
CUT
Hee Young Park
7
75
76
151
CUT
Gerina Piller
7
77
74
151
CUT
Alena Sharp
7
72
79
151
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
7
75
76
151
CUT
Esther Lee
8
76
76
152
CUT
Haru Nomura
8
78
74
152
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
8
75
77
152
CUT
Katherine Perry-Hamski
8
75
77
152
CUT
Alana Uriell
8
76
76
152
CUT
Maria Fassi
9
79
74
153
CUT
Cydney Clanton
10
78
76
154
CUT
Jillian Hollis
11
80
75
155
CUT
Haley Moore
12
76
80
156
CUT
Tiffany Joh
13
77
80
157
CUT
Yani Tseng
20
81
83
164
CUT
Alexa Pano (a)
21
80
85
165
WD
Na Yeon Choi
3
75
75
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