Korda Sisters Rule LPGA After Rejecting Tennis

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Until Sunday, a lot sports fans probably hadn’t ever heard of Jessica and Nelly Korda. But that all changed after Jessica claimed first at the LPGA Tournament of Champions event, with Nelly finishing just two spots behind her older sister.

And Jessica didn’t just win the event. She smashed the tournament record with a four-day 24-under 260 and putted a 25-foot birdie to win in dramatic fashion.

“I knew I was going to have to go low today,” Jessica told reporters. “It was a crazy day … A crazy two days. A crazy week.”

Jessica, 27, edged Danielle Kang for the win. Nelly, 22, gave both her sister and Kang a major run, offering further evidence that her career is on the rise.

What makes this all even more interesting is that their father, Petr Korda, was a professional tennis player and won the 1998 Australian Open. Their brother, Sebastian Korda, won the boys’ division at the Australian Open 20 years after that.

“My parents always pushed us to play a bunch of different sports, never one in particular,” Jessica told Living Golf in 2018. “Tennis was just a sport that I played; it was never a sport that I loved to play.”

If Jessica was going to play golf, then by golly, so was Nelly.

“Growing up, I always wanted to do what my sister did,” Nelly said back in 2018. “She was getting lessons and I was beating golf balls right beside her, so really I started playing ever since I started walking.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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