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    Nelly Korda wins first major of the season and fifth straight LPGA Tour event

    Nelly Korda with the trophy Photo: Getty Images/Gregory Schamus

    Nelly Korda carried her amazingly graceful and almighty path to the Chevron Championship. title on Sunday night, the first woman's major of the season, and thus wrote herself another piece of history.

    It was the fifth consecutive victory by an American woman on the LPGA Tour, matching the results of Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez.

    Korda fully deserves to have her name placed among these recent legends, and god knows how far the 25-year-old can extend her streak after a two-stroke victory over Sweden's Maia Stark.

    p>Scale victory makes her seem much closer than she actually was. In truth, it was ultimately a comfortable triumph after the stunning attack earlier in the day. Korda was the last to birdie for a total of 69 and 13 under, but then revealed her level of anxiety.

    “Now I can finally breathe,” Korda said after a round that included five birdies and two bogeys. “It was hard on the nine, my stomach hurt, but I made it. My nerves gave way – but this is a major key, this is all I wanted since childhood. The key is simplicity and being able to do it on time. Perhaps sometimes golf can be too difficult.”

    Korda went where even Scotty Scheffler didn't dare. While her male counterpart at the top of the world rankings triumphed at last Sunday's Masters after three wins in four starts, Korda turned her into a perfect quintet with a display of courage and resilience.

    How and Scheffler, this was only Korda's second specialty. And like Scheffler, the golfer wonders why Korda only has a double on his resume. Expect more.

    5 for the price of 5 🖐️

    Nelly Korda wins her fifth victory in a row at a major championship! 🏆@NellyKorda | @Chevron_Golf

    — LPGA (@LPGA) April 21, 2024

    Korda's swing is golf's Mona Lisa, a layered action of simplistic beauty. There's a reason why a couple of years ago a wonderful headline writer felt inspired and wrote his “Nellie Elegant.” This was during Korda's first rise to the top of the rankings.

    The daughter of Petr Korda, a former Grand Slam champion, and Regina Reichrtova, another professional tennis player, as well as the sister of Jess, a garland golfer herself, and Seb, a quarter-finalist at last year's Australian Open, Korda appeared on the scene. and threatened to take complete control with this seemingly magical combination of artistry and boldness.

    She had been plagued by back problems for the past few years as a result of the torque in her swing. Korda is not the first to suffer from lower back pain, and this served as confirmation that what may look good on the eye is not always good for the spine. She has improved her settings and, based on 2024 data, is back to her best.

    Korda was celebrated with a swim in the water in Carlton Woods club. Photo: Getty Images/Andy Lyons Let's go, go, go… Photo: Getty Images/Andy Lyons Gone… Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

    It was a four-day master class. She was always in the lead until the final day, when the leaders were forced to play 25 holes because of Saturday's thunderstorms that interrupted play. Plar resumed work just after sunrise, and Korda increased the temperature. She birdied the remaining holes of the third round, and after a short break to recover her pair, Korda made the winning break for the tournament.

    She played the first 10 holes of the final round at four under to pull away and allow herself the luxury of a shaky spell to ensure it would be a nerve-wracking finale. Korda's victory was largely secured by a brilliant approach to the 17th. Starc made it difficult by scoring the last two for an under-11 total of 69. Another American, Lauren Coughlin, and Canadian Brooke Henderson finished third in the under-10 category.

    For Britain, Lottie Wood, a 20-year-old from Surrey, won the Augusta National Women's Amateur for two weeks. back finished alongside compatriots Georgia Hall and Charlie Hull in 23rd place.

    It was a major debut for Void, which further highlighted her talent. Void's final-round score of 74 was her worst of the week – after starting 71-69-73 – but Florida State University can feel nothing but pride at her one-under score. She is eligible for the US Women's Open and the Women's Open at St. Andrews in August and has the potential to make a huge splash in the professional game.

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