Nelly Korda, coming off a red-hot stretch of golf, is poised to turn into the top-ranked American within the ladies’s recreation. When the brand new Rolex rankings come out, Korda will surpass Lexi Thompson, who presently sits at No. 7. Korda was No. eight.
The flip within the rankings comes on the heels of Korda’s near-win at Sunday’s Financial institution of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix. After a 68-67-66 begin, Korda closed onerous with one other 66, lacking a playoff by the slimmest of margins when her putt at No. 18 lipped out onerous.
.@NellyKorda was inches away from forcing a playoff with Jin Younger Ko on the @LPGAfounders.
Korda’s T2 end is her seventh High 10 end her final eight begins, which embody two wins.
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Thompson, who didn’t enter the occasion, has performed thrice since her win on the CME Group Tour Championship on the finish of 2018. In the meantime, Korda has thrown down the very best stretch of her younger profession. In her final eight occasions, she has completed within the prime 10 seven instances, together with a 3rd, two seconds and two wins. Her first win got here on the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, and her second got here on the ISPS Australian Open.
Nelly’s sister Jessica made her first begin of the season and almost gained as nicely. Seven photographs again with eight holes to play, Jessica made two eagles and two birdies to tie for the lead. However South Korean Jin Younger Ko shot 15-under on the weekend to carry off the Korda sisters, Yu Liu and Carlota Ciganda to say a one-shot victory.
Jessica Korda, 14th within the rankings earlier than her newest runner-up, is seeking to get again into the highest 10. She is the third-ranked American behind her sister and Thompson.