Aramco Team Series: Nelly Korda, the third-ranked golfer in the world, finished with a strong final round score of 67 (-5) to win the Individual championship at the Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande by three strokes.
The major winner dropped a stroke on the second hole and started the day seven shots behind Jessica Korda, the overnight leader.
But the Olympic winner quickly recovered, scoring three birdies on holes 7 through 9, once again on holes 12 through 14, and then adding a fourth on hole 16.
With a final round score of 13-under par at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande, Korda won the tournament—her second on the Ladies European Tour.
“I’m super excited to win,” said the major champion. “I haven’t won this year, so it feels nice to get a win under my belt but I’m also very sad as it wasn’t the day Jess was expecting. I guess we were hoping for a bit more of a battle going down the stretch, but it’s golf and that sometimes happens.
“I got a little unlucky on number two. I was right behind a tree in the fairway. I bogeyed that hole, so I was over par for the majority of the front nine, but I went on a little nice run. I had two turkeys on the scorecard, which was nice. I just stuck to it and told myself that there are a lot of opportunities out there and hopefully I can capitalise on them.
“The first two days were a bit loose; today was a little bit more intense playing with two other competitors in the final group and being pretty close to the lead. We were kind of going back and forth with the lead, but it was so fun playing those first two days with the team. It gives you a little bit different aspect of golf. I enjoyed it.”
Jessica Korda, Pauline Roussin of France, and Ana Peláez Trivino of Spain tied for second place with scores of 10-under par.
The Spaniard, who closed the week with a bogey-free round of 69 (-3) and finished as the top Spanish player, had another steady day.
“I had a pretty good day out there,” said the 2022 Madrid Ladies Open champion. “My front nine was very good, I had a couple of chances on the par-fives to get the lead down to two and maybe convert the birdies, but it didn’t happen.
“I was emotionally very calm until the end, and I think that’s what helped me finish in a tie for second place. I had so many people following me today, I love the energy that I feel when I know people are watching and I’m very happy with today’s round.
“It was definitely a good week to do well, I am always looking forward to the Solheim Cup in 2023 and this week was a great week to play and hopefully the captain is watching out for me.”
Maja Stark of Sweden continues to be in first place in the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol with 3,037.64 points, followed by Grant and Johanna Gustavsson, all of whom are nationals (1,802.63).
De Roey is still in fourth place, followed by Maggie Simmermacher of Argentina in fifth and Georgia Hall of England in sixth.
With England’s Meghan MacLaren closely following in second place, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace is still in seventh place, while Spain’s Peláez rises to ninth with 1,096.46 points, and Finland’s Tiia Koivisto completes the top 10.
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