Nelly Korda recovered from a final-round collapse to provide a sensational fightback and beat Nelly Korda in a play-off on the LPGA Drive On Championship.
Ko went into the ultimate day 4 strokes behind chief Korda and fell additional adrift with an early double-bogey, earlier than charging again into rivalry at Bradenton Nation Membership with 4 birdies in her subsequent eight holes.
The previous world No 1 responded to 2 bogeys on her again 9 by making a sensational eagle on the par-five seventeenth, pulling her forward of Korda and Megan Khang after the American pair stuttered alongside the closing stretch.
Ko then made par on the final to shut a two-under 69 and set the goal at 11 below, just for Korda to provide an eagle-birdie end for the second successive day to salvage a two-over 73 and drive the competition into additional holes.
The gamers returned to the par-four 18th for the play-off, the place a three-putt bogey from Ko on the second additional gap allowed Korda to grab victory and her first victory of the season by scrambling a par from the again of the inexperienced.
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Korda began the ultimate day 4 forward as she chased a wire-to-wire victory however instantly noticed her lead lowered when Khang birdied the primary, with the in a single day chief then dropping a shot on the fifth to chop the hole to 2.
Khang fired back-to-back birdies from the sixth to briefly transfer tied for the lead alongside Korda however bogeyed the ninth to achieve the flip one behind, with Ko an additional two strokes again after cancelling out a double-bogey on the third by selecting up pictures on the fourth and sixth.
Ko opened her again 9 with successive birdies to get inside one of many lead till she bogeyed the par-four Thirteenth, though was introduced again into the event when Korda adopted a dropped shot on the 14th by discovering water off the par-three subsequent tee and making a double-bogey.
Khang bogeyed the identical gap and joined Korda in carding a bogey-five on the fifteenth, which left the pair three behind when Ko – enjoying within the group forward – fired a sensational method into the par-five seventeenth to go away a tap-in eagle.
Ko two-putted from lengthy vary to par the final and stay at 11 below, whereas Korda responded to the 4 dropped pictures in a three-hole stretch by rolling in a 20-foot putt from the perimeter to eagle the seventeenth for a second successive day.
The pair went again to the tee for the second play-off gap, the place Ko three-putted from lengthy vary and watched on as Korda pitched to 5 toes and transformed the par-save putt for her ninth LPGA Tour victory.
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Khang completed three strokes again in third forward of Ayaka Furue and Lucy Li, whereas Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh was the main European participant and ended tied-Thirteenth after a four-over 75.
Korda surprised by comeback victory
“I assumed that the event was over going into 17,” Korda admitted. “I simply type of gave myself an opportunity. I knew that if I rolled that eagle in, I needed to birdie the final gap.
“I appear to all the time make it very dramatic and fascinating, so there isn’t any higher feeling than to do it in entrance of a house crowd. It was such a grind on the market, so forwards and backwards. I felt like I by no means actually obtained something going, however I simply cannot even imagine it proper now!”
Ko, who was seeking to turn out to be the primary participant since Ai Miyazato in 2010 to win the primary two occasions of the LPGA Tour season, mentioned: I performed actually solidly in the present day. I had a number of three-putts in the present day and I feel that was on the finish what I feel price the event.”
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