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Nelly Korda ties LPGA Tour record with 5th straight win, wins Chevron Championship for 2nd major

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Nelly Korda etched her name in the LPGA Tour record books Sunday, winning her record-breaking fifth straight tournament with a two-stroke victory in the Chevron Championship for her second major title.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Nelly Korda etched her name in the LPGA Tour record books Sunday, winning her record-breaking fifth straight tournament with a two-stroke victory in the Chevron Championship for her second major title.

Korda joins Nancy Lopez (1978) and Annika Sorenstam (2004-05) as the only players to win five consecutive LPGA events. Her previous major win came in 2021 at the Women’s PGA Championship.

The top-ranked Korda shot a 3-under 69 in the final, outlasting Maja Stark of Sweden, who birdied her final two holes to shoot 69 and move within one. Korda stayed aggressive on the par-5 18th, easily clearing the lake in front of the green and setting up a bird that goes up and down easily for a two-shot victory.

Korda had a four-day total of 13-under 275 at Carlton Woods.

Korda entered the final round a shot off the lead after completing the final seven holes of the weather-delayed third round early Sunday morning on a windy and unseasonably cool day.

She birdied two of her first four holes to take the lead. Lauren Coughlin birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to get within two strokes, but bogeys at the 16th and 17th holes left her four down. She finished in a final round of 68 in a tie for third place with Canada’s Brooke Henderson.

Korda almost reached the par-3 17th, with her tee shot hitting the hole and jumping into the air before settling within 10 feet. She settled for par to maintain her two-shot lead.

Korda impressed the crowd, which followed her all day, by hitting into the wind for birdie on the par-4 10th hole to take a four-shot lead. The 25-year-old raised her club above her head with one hand and pumped her fist after the ball rolled into the hole.

South Korea’s Haeran Ryu shot a bogey-free 67 to enter the final round ahead of Korda by one. But the 2023 Rookie of the Year bogeyed the first two holes of the fourth round and fell out of the lead. She closed with a 74 and finished fifth.

Henderson was tied with Korda in second place to start the final round after shooting a 64 in the third round to set a scoring record for the tournament since moving from Mission Hills, California, to Texas last year. But the Canadian, who has 13 LPGA victories to his name with two majors, also faltered early in the final round, with a bogey and a double bogey in the first four holes.

Korda took home $1.2 million from a $7.9 million purse, a significant increase from last year’s $5.2 million purse. That brings her season earnings to $2,424,216 and her career earnings to $11,361,489.

The winners have been jumping into Poppie’s Pond near the 18th green of Mission Hills since 1988, and Korda became the second to do so in Texas by jumping from a small dock into brown-hued water. World number 2 Lilia Vu was the first to jump into the pond here after her victory last season. She withdrew from this year’s tournament before the first round after experiencing “severe discomfort” in her back during warm-up.

Eighteen-year-old amateur Jasmine Koo provided an unlikely highlight on the 18th hole. Her second shot bounced off the billboard into the water and playing again. She finished with a birdie and shot 71.

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Kristie Rieken, Associated Press