Nelly Korda’s caddie was left with mixed emotions after his player edged out his fiancée, Caroline Masson, to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA.
Jason McDede, on Korda’s bag, found himself in direct competition with wife-to-be Masson – who played alongside Korda in the final round.
Korda, who had seen her three-shot 54-hole lead disappear following a back nine wobble, birdied the first playoff hole to defend her title.
Korda praised McDede’s ability to keep her calm, citing his pep talk between the 17th and 18th holes as crucial in helping maintain her challenge.
The irony of McDede helping Korda defeat his future wife was not lost on the eventual champion.
“Yeah, Jason is engaged to Caroline, but at the end of the day, he is on my team and I am the one signing his paycheck,” Korda said, laughing.
“Caroline is a great person, and she played amazing golf today. You know, it was kind of difficult for him. … But I wouldn’t be where I am without Jason, and he made sure that he kept me in the game.”
Masson, who made birdies on 15 and 16 to take the lead heading down the last, plans good-natured revenge on the pair after they pegged her back.
“It was a little funny,” Masson said.
“I was happy—the shot into 18 [by Korda in the playoff], you can’t do anything but just applaud, and you know, I’m quite happy to see them win. I’m proud of them and proud of the two of them, the way they work together, and hopefully I get another chance to beat them down the stretch the next few years.”
Korda’s victory prompted a special family moment, as it was her first LPGA win with her older sister, Jessica, also playing.