BUENA-SEE VISTA, Fla – For Jessica Korda, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions was all about her ability to just stay there

After three strokes at Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club Orlando on Sunday, she caught Danielle Kang with a late four-birdie breakout to shoot 5 under 66 and then won by curling 30 feet for birdie on the first playoff -Hole

Kang shot 68 the leader after each of the first three rounds had a chance to extend the playoffs but missed her 18-foot birdie putt on the low side at 185-yard 18

It was the sixth LPGA victory for the 27-year-old Korda, her last almost three years ago

She and Kang finished the race at 24 under 260 to beat the previous tournament record by 10 shots in the world, also had to reject her younger sister Nelly Korda, 22, who was at No. 4 in the world rankings, the top player in the field only for elite winners

“I knew I had to go deep today,” said Jessica Korda Half of her six wins have arrived at the inaugural events “It’s been a crazy day Crazy two days One crazy week!”

Nelly Korda started her sixth round on Sunday, shooting a 64 – which included a missed 3-foot for birdie at 16 – that skipped her two shots from the playoffs

On Saturday, Jessica Korda became the sixth player in LPGA history to shoot 60 or better with her glitzy 11-under-60. A day later, she was slowly building some kind of momentum and playing her first 12 holes in 1 under to one At the start of the first nine, Kang had a 7-foot putt to extend her lead to five strokes, and she threatened to leave the field far behind

Jessica Korda had owned the back nine all week (she would play it in 21-under-par on Friday despite her three closing bogeys) after two strokes on 13th Par-5 tee and relaxed as she chatted with three celebrity players on the tee, she knew she had to be more aggressive – especially since Kang hasn’t had to build a single bogey all week

“When you hunt you have to keep the pedal on the metal,” said Korda, “and I didn’t”

Kang played 68 holes in the tournament without a bogey (and a total of 84 holes that go back to the CME group championship in December) Her streak ended when she hit the rough 15 Place 419 yards three times for bogey putted

She followed with her loosest swing of the day, a rider blazing right into the trees and the pine straw on the wheeled par-4-16. She did well to look for par. Jessica Korda meanwhile made a slight birdie after she opened the front apron was on, and with two holes to play with, the two were tied under at 23 Par-5

Kang, who was also aiming for her sixth LPGA win, had been talking all week about not being able to prepare for the event as usual that caught her down the track even though she never tested positive for COVID-19, She was exposed twice and took six tests before getting on a plane from Las Vegas to Orlando and landing late Monday night. Still, she had played flawlessly.But when she had to take clutch shots, she found that something was missing

“‘I’m not disappointed I didn’t win,” Kang said. “I’m not about winning and losing. It’s about being able to run when I want – and feeling when I feel like I can’t do something is something I don’t like “

In the 53-player celebrity division of the Diamond Resorts, tennis player Mardy Fish, captain of the US. The Davis Cup team took the lead with 158 points, defeating Chad Pfiefer, an inspiring ex-military soldier who competes with a prosthetic leg.With his victory, Fish became the event’s first three-time winner, and in July he also won the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe

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