ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - R4

Nelly Korda wins second LPGA title

February 14-17
The Grange Golf Club, Grange, South Australia
$1,300,000

Round 1, Round 2 , Round 3


Nelly Korda started the day with a three-shot lead and birdied the 10th and 11th before a third consecutive birdie on the 12th helped her to final round 67 for a 17-under, 271 total and a two-shot victory.


Korda’s father won the Australian Open in tennis in 1998, her brother won the boys’ singles last year and sister Jessica won the Australian Open seven years ago.

“I’m just happy to finally be a part of the club,” said the 20-year-old. “There’s maybe something in the air here. We love coming down under and we really enjoy our time here.

“I just got off the phone with my dad and he’s like ‘well, congratulations, you’re part of the Korda Slam now’.”


It’s safe to say that Jin Young Ko loves coming to Australia. After capturing her first LPGA Tour victory as a Member when she won the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Ko nearly pulled off the repeat win, coming up just two strokes shy of Nelly Korda.

“Many fans said, Jin Young Ko, Jin, go, go,” said Ko, who in 2018 became the first player to win in her Member debut since 1950. “I’m really happy. Thanks to the fans in Adelaide. Yeah, I’m really good.”


Wei-Ling Hsu led after the first and second rounds but fell out of contention after a third-round 74. The 24-year-old from Chinese Taipei bounced back with a 4-under 68 on Sunday, setting her up for hopefully her best season yet.

“Last year I said my goal was like top 30 (on the LPGA Money List), and I was 31,” said Hsu, who made a career-best $630,924 in 2018 earnings. “I want to like get top 30 this year again, and then also top 50 for Rolex Ranking. So, that’s my first goal right now.”


It was a long wait for Meghan MacLaren to get her first hole-in-one. The 24-year-old from England bounced in a 9-iron from 138 yards at No. 8 to finally notch the first ace of her golfing career.

“I hit it really, really well,” said MacLaren, a Ladies European Tour winner who competed part-time on the Symetra Tour in 2018. “It wasn’t one of those that you tell people about where you’re like, it wasn’t that good a shot. It actually was. The crowd let me know it was in.”

For her hole-in-one, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital as part of the CME Group Cares Challenge program. That news made MacLaren’s post-round smile even bigger.

“To know that that’s happening, it’s a pretty big bonus,” said MacLaren, a graduate of Florida International University. “I think it beats getting a car. I’m happy about that.”


Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Nelly Korda (71-66-67-67, -17)

• Korda’s 72-hole score of 271 is tied for the lowest score of her LPGA Tour career; she shot 271 three times in 2017
• She hit eight of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 29 putts
• Korda is in her third LPGA Tour season; she won the 2018 Swinging Skirts Taiwan LPGA Championship and has 13 top-10 finishes
• Korda is playing in her third ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she finished T40 in both 2017 and 2018
• She is the 197th player in LPGA Tour history to win at least two titles in her career
• Korda and her older sister Jessica (five wins) are one of three sets of sisters in LPGA history to both win titles, joining Annika Sorenstam (72 wins) and Charlotta Sorenstam (one win), and Ariya Jutanugarn (10 wins) and Moriya Jutanugarn (one win)

Rolex Rankings No. 10 Jin Young Ko (68-72-69-64, -15)

• Ko’s final-round 64 is tied for the lowest round of her LPGA Tour career; she shot a 64 in the final rounds of the 2018 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship and the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand
• She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens, with 27 putts
• Ko is in her second season on the LPGA Tour; she won the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, and also won the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship as a non-Member
• Ko is playing in her second ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; she won in 2018


The CME Group Cares Challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations. CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA Tour in 2019, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Meghan MacLaren recorded the second ace of the 2019 LPGA Tour season on Sunday at the par-3 eighth hole at The Grange Golf Club, from 138 yards and with a 9-iron. It raises the total to $40,000 donated thus far in 2019.


The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.

Through the first three events of the LPGA season, five players have top-10 finishes – Sarah Kemp, Nelly Korda, Azahara Munoz, Haru Nomura and Jodi Ewart Shadoff


Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Nelly Korda
71 – 66 – 67 – 67
271
-17
$195,000
2
Jin Young Ko
68 – 72 – 69 – 64
273
-15
$121,275
3
Wei-Ling Hsu
65 – 69 – 74 – 68
276
-12
$87,977
T4
Angel Yin
72 – 69 – 70 – 66
277
-11
$61,418
T4
Haru Nomura
70 – 67 – 70 – 70
277
-11
$61,418
T6
Azahara Munoz
72 – 71 – 70 – 65
278
-10
$41,166
T6
Alena Sharp
69 – 71 – 70 – 68
278
-10
$41,166
T8
Marissa Steen
70 – 71 – 70 – 68
279
-9
$31,207
T8
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
65 – 73 – 70 – 71
279
-9
$31,207
T10
Amy Olson
70 – 76 – 66 – 68
280
-8
$23,451
T10
Mi Hyang Lee
71 – 71 – 70 – 68
280
-8
$23,451
T10
Sarah Kemp
72 – 71 – 68 – 69
280
-8
$23,451
T10
Hannah Green
68 – 69 – 73 – 70
280
-8
$23,451
T10
Jeongeun Lee6
72 – 69 – 67 – 72
280
-8
$23,451
T15
Teresa Lu
77 – 67 – 70 – 67
281
-7
$16,713
T15
Kristen Gillman
68 – 74 – 70 – 69
281
-7
$16,713
T15
Minjee Lee
71 – 70 – 71 – 69
281
-7
$16,713
T15
Ashleigh Buhai
72 – 70 – 69 – 70
281
-7
$16,713
T15
Mirim Lee
73 – 69 – 68 – 71
281
-7
$16,713
T15
Moriya Jutanugarn
68 – 72 – 70 – 71
281
-7
$16,713
T15
Bronte Law
67 – 72 – 70 – 72
281
-7
$16,713
T22
Meghan MacLaren
73 – 69 – 73 – 67
282
-6
$13,187
T22
Celine Boutier
71 – 70 – 74 – 67
282
-6
$13,187
T22
Marina Alex
72 – 68 – 75 – 67
282
-6
$13,187
T22
Jaclyn Lee
72 – 71 – 71 – 68
282
-6
$13,187
T22
Gaby Lopez
71 – 69 – 72 – 70
282
-6
$13,187
T27
Tonje Daffinrud
72 – 73 – 71 – 67
283
-5
$10,657
T27
Jaye Marie Green
73 – 72 – 70 – 68
283
-5
$10,657
T27
Karis Davidson
71 – 70 – 73 – 69
283
-5
$10,657
T27
Brittany Altomare
69 – 75 – 69 – 70
283
-5
$10,657
T27
Carlota Ciganda
68 – 72 – 73 – 70
283
-5
$10,657
T27
Yu Liu
69 – 70 – 70 – 74
283
-5
$10,657
T33
Katherine Kirk
71 – 74 – 70 – 69
284
-4
$8,512
T33
Jackie Stoelting
68 – 75 – 71 – 70
284
-4
$8,512
T33
Maria Torres
71 – 72 – 70 – 71
284
-4
$8,512
T33
Lauren Stephenson
70 – 73 – 69 – 72
284
-4
$8,512
T33
Madelene Sagstrom
67 – 67 – 77 – 73
284
-4
$8,512
T38
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
74 – 72 – 70 – 69
285
-3
$7,193
T38
Xiyu Lin
74 – 69 – 71 – 71
285
-3
$7,193
T38
Karrie Webb
67 – 74 – 71 – 73
285
-3
$7,193
41
Ariya Jutanugarn
76 – 69 – 72 – 69
286
-2
$6,640
T42
Ayako Uehara
73 – 73 – 73 – 68
287
-1
$6,241
T42
Charley Hull
75 – 66 – 74 – 72
287
-1
$6,241
T44
Catriona Matthew
73 – 72 – 73 – 70
288
E
$5,644
T44
Luna Sobron
73 – 73 – 69 – 73
288
E
$5,644
T44
Dana Finkelstein
70 – 71 – 72 – 75
288
E
$5,644
T47
Charlotte Thomas
74 – 70 – 74 – 71
289
1
$4,860
T47
Annie Park
70 – 76 – 71 – 72
289
1
$4,860
T47
Pornanong Phatlum
71 – 74 – 72 – 72
289
1
$4,860
T47
Isi Gabsa
71 – 74 – 69 – 75
289
1
$4,860
T47
Kris Tamulis
71 – 68 – 75 – 75
289
1
$4,860
T52
Lee-Anne Pace
73 – 72 – 76 – 69
290
2
$4,050
T52
Lizette Salas
71 – 75 – 73 – 71
290
2
$4,050
T52
Thidapa Suwannapura
74 – 71 – 74 – 71
290
2
$4,050
T52
Sarah Schmelzel
70 – 74 – 74 – 72
290
2
$4,050
T52
Mina Harigae
72 – 72 – 72 – 74
290
2
$4,050
T52
Amy Yang
70 – 70 – 76 – 74
290
2
$4,050
T58
Caroline Masson
71 – 74 – 73 – 73
291
3
$3,360
T58
Sakura Yokomine
76 – 70 – 71 – 74
291
3
$3,360
T58
Celine Herbin
71 – 72 – 74 – 74
291
3
$3,360
T58
Elizabeth Szokol
71 – 74 – 71 – 75
291
3
$3,360
T58
Felicity Johnson
71 – 72 – 73 – 75
291
3
$3,360
63
Lindy Duncan
71 – 73 – 76 – 72
292
4
$3,121
T64
Munchin Keh
72 – 74 – 72 – 75
293
5
$3,021
T64
Lindsey Weaver
72 – 71 – 75 – 75
293
5
$3,021
T66
Kim Kaufman
72 – 74 – 73 – 75
294
6
$2,888
T66
Nicole Broch Larsen
73 – 72 – 73 – 76
294
6
$2,888
68
Stephanie Meadow
73 – 73 – 74 – 76
296
8
$2,788
69
Morgan Pressel
74 – 72 – 76 – 75
297
9
$2,722
CUT
Peiyun Chien
76 – 71
3
$0
CUT
Yuri Yoshida (a)
76 – 71
3
$0
CUT
Alison Lee
75 – 72
3
$0
CUT
Rebecca Artis
74 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
74 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Daniela Darquea
73 – 74
3
$0
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
73 – 74
3
$0
CUT
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
73 – 74
3
$0
CUT
Amy Walsh
73 – 74
3
$0
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan
71 – 76
3
$0
CUT
Mel Reid
70 – 77
3
$0
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
77 – 71
4
$0
CUT
Aditi Ashok
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Chella Choi
74 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Muni He
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Christina Kim
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Stephanie Na
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Benyapa Niphatsophon
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Beatriz Recari
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Lydia Ko
71 – 77
4
$0
CUT
Pei-Ying Tsai
71 – 77
4
$0
CUT
Haeji Kang
70 – 78
4
$0
CUT
Georgia Hall
69 – 79
4
$0
CUT
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (a)
79 – 70
5
$0
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
78 – 71
5
$0
CUT
Mo Martin
76 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Emma Talley
76 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Ally McDonald
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Mayu Wakui (a)
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Laura Davies
74 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Hina Arakaki
73 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Brittany Marchand
73 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Brittany Lang
72 – 77
5
$0
CUT
Erika Hara
70 – 79
5
$0
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
79 – 71
6
$0
CUT
Brianna Do
77 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Hanee Song
77 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Klara Spilkova
77 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
77 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Kendall Dye
76 – 74
6
$0
CUT
Megan Khang
76 – 74
6
$0
CUT
Cathryn Bristow
74 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Linnea Strom
78 – 73
7
$0
CUT
Kylie Henry
76 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
76 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Michele Thomson
76 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Jenny Haglund
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Yae Eun Hong (a)
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
74 – 77
7
$0
CUT
Yani Tseng
78 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Prima Thammaraks
77 – 75
8
$0
CUT
Miki Sakai
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
75 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Joanna Klatten
74 – 78
8
$0
CUT
Whitney Hillier
77 – 76
9
$0
CUT
Amy Boulden
75 – 78
9
$0
CUT
Becca Huffer
75 – 78
9
$0
CUT
Doey Choi (a)
73 – 80
9
$0
CUT
Dottie Ardina
84 – 70
10
$0
CUT
Olivia Cowan
80 – 74
10
$0
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
78 – 76
10
$0
CUT
Holly Clyburn
77 – 77
10
$0
CUT
Hira Naveed (a)
75 – 79
10
$0
CUT
Paula Creamer
73 – 81
10
$0
CUT
Candie Kung
84 – 71
11
$0
CUT
Beth Allen
79 – 76
11
$0
CUT
Ruixin Liu
75 – 80
11
$0
CUT
Christine Wolf
73 – 82
11
$0
CUT
Su Oh
77 – 81
14
$0
WD
Hee Jung Lim
77
$0
DQ
Jane Park
69 – 73 – 70
$0
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