Women’s golf has a new #1 in the Rolex Rankings and her name is Nelly Korda. She’s 22 years old and is the first American to reach the top spot since 2014 when Stacey Lewis was top dog. Korda captured her 1st major championship win at the KPMG PGA Championship, posted a record 19-under at Atlanta Athletic Club and fought off Lisette Salas who finished 3 strokes back.
This is no accident. She’s been playing in major championships when she was 14 years old. She’s a now a 8-time winner, 6 on the LPGA Tour, and 1 Stymetra 1 European LPGA a piece. Her older sister Jessica (who finished tied for 15th at 4-under) has racked up 6 wins on the LPGA Tour herself. Her mother and father, Regina & Petr are former professional tennis players. Her dad was the 1998 Australian Open winner, and her mom an OLYMPIAN!! I’ll say that again her mom was an OLYMPIAN! There’s more….her younger brother Sebastian is top-50 and playing at Wimbledon right now.
Quite simply, Nelly Korda is the next superstar in women’s golf. The sisters are playing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and if her brother qualifies, which it looks like he could, it would be the 5th time in Olympic history 3 siblings have participated in the same Olympics, and the 1st time a brother sister combo has done it. She’s got two wins this season and on fire. She’s going to win again, and I’d probably bet on it. Maybe, I will. (Side note: did you see that 6 leg parlay that hit with Harris English bringing up the back??)
She plays in a few weeks in a team event with her sister, then again at the Olympics, so we’ll check in again in a month and see where we stand, but my money is on Korda.