MIAMI (AFP) – Nelly Korda produced a flawless final round to claim a three-shot victory at the Gainbridge LPGA tournament in Florida on Sunday.
Korda – whose elder sister Jessica won the LPGA Tour’s previous event, the season-opening Tournament of Champions in January – fired a three-under-par 69 to finish on 16 under.
The 22-year-old, whose father is former Czech tennis star Petr Korda, had opened up a one-shot lead last Saturday with a four-under-par 68.
On Sunday at Orlando’s Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, she picked up where she left off in the third round.
Three birdies in her opening six holes gave her a healthy cushion at the top of the leaderboard, leaving her five shots clear at one stage.
She then reeled off 12 consecutive pars to remain in control and close out the fourth LPGA Tour victory of her career with her parents and sister Jessica rushing to congratulate her on the 18th green.
“Honestly I did not play very good golf today,” Korda told a television interviewer moments after clinching her first career win on United States soil.
“I just stayed really solid. I honestly don’t know how I did it. It was definitely very stressful.
“Winning in front of my parents was a first too, so that was really nice.”