The Summer Olympic Games are a showcase for some of the world’s greatest sporting talents. If you enjoy staying up-to-date with all things sports-related, like the french open tennis odds, or which athletes are making headlines, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our coverage of golfing prodigy Nelly Korda, gold medal winner at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Following Xander Schauffele’s first place finish in the men’s competition, Nelly Korda’s victory in Japan’s Saitama city has secured a clean sweep for the US in golf. Korda finished the four-round Olympic tournament with a one-shot victory over her closest competition; Japan’s Mone Inami, who came in second; and Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who claimed bronze after a silver medal playoff with Inami.
In the first round of four, Korda went 4-under par for a total of 67, putting her in a tie for first place with Aditi Ashok of India. The second round saw Korda surge ahead of her opponents with an impressive 9-under 62, placing her 5 shots ahead of the closest competition going into the third round. Korda’s relatively comfortable 5-shot lead would turn out to be exactly what she needed in the second half of the tournament.
Despite her impressive start, Korda’s final two rounds ended on 67 strokes apiece. After two double bogeys as well as a storm delay, Korda still managed to finish the final round with a lead of one stroke. Ending the Par 71 course at Kasumigaseki Country Club with a total of 267, Korda walked away with a gold medal, as well as the illustrious title of best female golf player in the world.
When reporters asked her how she manages under the pressure, Korda replied saying that focus and determination provide the motivation for her success. Mone Inami, who came in second for the silver, commended Korda on her ability to maintain a world-class performance under intense pressure.
Though stress might have affected her endgame, Korda managed to keep a level head and come out on top in a close battle for the finish. Inami and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko finished second and third respectively, both players a mere one stroke behind Korda’s 267 total.
On the 18th hole of the final round, Ko had to pull off a 35-foot putt to secure a birdie and tie for first place. Her attempt fell 4 feet short, ending her chase for the gold. Inami had done well to catch up to Korda and Ko, and by the 17th hole, a string of birdies saw her tied for first place with Korda.
Unfortunately for Inami, her attempt on the 18th hole led to a bogey, giving her a final total of 268, putting her in a tie for second place. Ko and Inami had a playoff for the silver medal, where a missed putt by Ko led to Inami’s second place win, and Ko settling for third place to claim the bronze.
Past To Present
Born in Bradenton, Florida, Nelly Korda is the daughter of retired professional tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtova. Well-known for their athletic achievements, Korda’s family hold several notable trophies. Her father won the 1998 Australian Open, and her younger brother, Sebastian, won the 2018 Australian Open boys’ division. Korda’s elder sister, Jessica, is also a professional golfer, and a winner of 6 LPGA Tours.
Korda began her amateur golfing career in 2013. By 2015 her skill and talent were undeniably formidable. Korda won two tournaments in 2015; the 2015 Harter Hall Invitational, and the 2015 PING Invitational. She was also selected as an AJGA Rolex Junior All-American in the same year.
Korda’s professional career took off in 2016, when she joined the official development tour of the LPGA (currently known as the Symetra Tour). Winning the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge moved her Symetra Tour ranking up to 9th, subsequently earning Korda an LPGA Tour card for 2017. Korda would take full advantage of this opportunity, and since her move from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA, she has won a total of six LPGA victories.
Korda’s first LPGA win was in October 2018, when she ended the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in first place. Her next victory was at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, in February 2019. She then entered the Top 10 Women’s World Golf Rankings, moving up from 16th to 9th due to her successive victories. By November 2019 she had won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, claiming her victory by eight strokes despite rough weather conditions.
After successfully defending her Swinging Skirts title, Korda went on to win the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in February 2021. In June she won the Meijer LPGA Classic, making her the first two-time golf champion of 2021. Her first major title was at the KPMG Women’s Championship, where Korda won with a three stroke lead to become the world’s No. 1 ranked player.