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Nelly Korda extends winning streak to five at Chevron Championship

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Nelly Korda, who competed in the Chevron Championship this weekend, emphasized that her sport just needed a stage to raise its profile at a time of growing interest in women’s sports. On one of the LPGA Tour’s biggest, the world’s top-ranked player delivered again, extending her winning streak to a record five and claiming her second major championship.

With a birdie on the 18th hole, Korda shot a 3-under par 69 in the final round at the Club at Carlton Woods to finish at 13-under 275, two strokes ahead of Sweden’s Maja Stark. Korda joined Hall of Famers Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam as the only players to win five straight starts.

Starting the final round one stroke behind 54-hole leader Hae Ran Ryu, Korda pulled ahead and stayed ahead thanks to a bogey-free front nine highlighted by birdies on two of her first four holes. By the time she made the turn, Korda had a three-stroke lead over Ryu and Brooke Henderson, who were all playing in the final group.

Korda’s triumph came just weeks after then-Iowa point guard Caitlin Clark, also one of the most captivating matches in women’s sports, helped set record television ratings during the NCAA tournament’s Final Four, including 18.7 million for the national championship match. Some of the LPGA Tour’s top players, most notably world No. 2 Lilia Vu, compared the attention Korda has brought to women’s golf to the unprecedented interest Clark has shown in her sport.

Korda made it abundantly clear before the tournament that the way she managed the par-5s would significantly affect her chances at the first major championship of the season. She hit both front par-5s on Sunday, starting with the 490-yard fourth, where her second shot landed in a bunker on the green side to the left of the flagstick.

She shot to the inside of a foot for a nerve-free birdie to reach 12 under. Playing in the same final group, Henderson threw one shot off the lead at the time, her third shot over the green and into the same bunker as Korda, needing two shots to reach the putting surface and two-putting for a double. -bogey 7.

The lead grew to three shots for Korda on the par-5 eighth, where she split the fairway but hit her approach over the green. The ball landed just outside the rim and Korda chipped to eight feet before sinking the putt for her third birdie on the front nine. Henderson made par, so Korda made the turn with a three lead.

Korda entered the final round so peacefully that she took time to interact with young autograph seekers just minutes before her start time. Then she recognized a line of kindergarten girls wearing pink and shouting her name as she made her way to tee box No. 9.

That’s been Korda’s way since she joined the LPGA Tour as a rookie in 2017 and attracted a loyal following with her go-go attitude combined with power and precision on the course that led to 14 victories on the LPGA Tour and sponsorships with the likes of TaylorMade and Nike.

This is a current story and will be updated.