Nelly Korda becomes top-ranked woman in world after first major victory

by Preston Smith

Nelly Korda reached the pinnacle of professional golf on Sunday as she broke through for her first major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. With the win, Korda ascended to the top spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for the first time in her career.

“Wow, just wow,” said Korda after her win. “A dream come true. A major championship and No. 1 in the world; is this week even real? It's amazing.”

A week prior to her major victory, Korda became the first two-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year. She is now the first three-time winner and only winner of multiple tournaments.

The win solidified Korda’s spot as the top-ranked American woman in the Olympic Golf Ranking as well. She is expected to join sister Jessica Korda (self-proclaimed “Team Jelly”) as one of the four women to represent Team USA in Tokyo at the Olympics later this summer.

In addition to the Korda sisters, younger brother Sebastian Korda also has a chance to qualify as a world-renowned American tennis star. The Kordas parents, Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová, are each former professional tennis stars with Rajchrtova competing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.


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