Top 15 finish for Leona Maguire as Korda wins PGA Championship

American Nelly Korda wins Women’s PGA Championship for her first major title

Leona Maguire of Ireland chips onto the ninth green during the final round of the Women’s PGA Championship. Photograph: Edward M Pio Roda/Getty Images

Leona Maguire of Ireland chips onto the ninth green during the final round of the Women’s PGA Championship. Photograph: Edward M Pio Roda/Getty Images

 

Nelly Korda won her first major title by taking the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by three shots at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

The American, whose victory will see her become world number one, went into the final day tied for the lead with Lizette Salas but clinched the title with a four-under round of 68.

The 22-year-old, daughter of Australian Open winner Petr Korda, had an eagle and birdie on both the front and back nine, with a run of nearly 50 holes without a dropped shot coming to an end as she found the water on the par-three 15th.

Salas, who had shot 67-67-67, carded a final round of 71 to finish on 16 under, six shots ahead of Hyo Joo Kim and Giulia Molinaro, who were tied for third.

Nelly’s sister Jessica finished tied for 15th on four under alongside Ireland’s Leona Maguire, a shot ahead of England’s Charley Hull and Georgia Hall who were tied for 21st.

Leona Maguire finished with a closing 71 for a total of four-under-par 284 which consolidated her position inside the top-15 on the LPGA Tour order of merit.

Maguire - who had finished ninth and second in the previous two weeks - has a week off this week before resuming tournament play in Marathon Classic in Ohio and the following week’s Dow Invitational before globetrotting for a run that includes the Evian Championship in France, the Olympics in Japan and then the Scottish and British Opens.

Collated final round scores and totals (USA unless stated, Par 72)

269 Nelly Korda 70 63 68 68

272 Lizette Salas 67 67 67 71

278 Hyo-Joo Kim (Kor) 71 69 70 68, Giulia Molinaro (Ita) 70 70 66 72

280 Danielle Kang 73 67 73 67, Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (Tha) 70 71 65 74

281 Celine Boutier (Fra) 73 64 69 75, Austin Ernst 69 71 71 70

282 Amy Yang (Kor) 72 72 74 64, Xiyu Lin (Chn) 69 71 70 72, Cydney Clanton 70 67 75 70

283 Sei-Young Kim (Kor) 76 69 70 68, Wichanee Meechai (Tha) 73 67 72 71, Dottie Ardina (Phi) 70 70 68 75

284 Madelene Sagstroem (Swe) 70 68 71 75, Jessica Korda 69 72 72 71, Leona Maguire (Irl) 72 70 71 71, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Den) 70 71 72 71, Yealimi Noh 69 72 70 73, Esther Henseleit (Ger) 71 68 70 75

285 Brooke Henderson (Can) 74 70 69 72, Georgia Hall (Eng) 75 67 72 71, Yuka Saso (Phi) 73 70 75 67, Charley Hull (Eng) 68 71 74 72

286 Yu Liu (Chn) 72 69 72 73, Alena Sharp (Can) 69 68 75 74

287 Ind-Gee Chun (Kor) 70 73 70 74, Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha) 76 67 75 69, Megan Khang 73 73 70 71, Alison Lee 74 72 74 67, Lindsey Weaver 73 70 71 73, Daniela Holmqvist (Swe) 69 74 75 69

288 Gabriela Ruffels (Aus) 76 65 72 75, Som-Yeon Ryu (Kor) 72 70 73 73, Ryann O’Toole 71 69 72 76, Chella Choi (Kor) 70 72 72 74, Marina Alex 72 69 78 69, Jeong-Eun Lee (Kor) 73 73 74 68, Mariah Stackhouse 74 70 74 70

289 Ind-Bee Park (Kor) 71 68 77 73, Brittany Lang 74 72 71 72, Hinako Shibuno (Jpn) 76 70 76 67, Min-Jee Lee (Aus) 73 72 74 70, Lauren Stephenson 77 68 73 71, Gerina Piller 70 73 71 75

290 Jin-Young Ko (Kor) 75 71 74 70, Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha) 70 72 76 72, Michelle Wie 77 69 72 72, Albane Valenzuela (Swi) 73 73 71 73, Mina Harigae 70 70 74 76, Perrine Delacour (Fra) 76 70 75 69

291 Lydia Ko (Nzl) 72 72 74 73, Alexis Thompson 73 70 72 76, Ally Ewing 73 70 73 75, Luna Sobron (Spa) 75 70 72 74

292 Caroline Masson (Ger) 71 72 75 74, Janie Jackson 76 68 73 75

293 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 71 70 78 74, Jeon-Geun Lee (Kor) 69 74 77 73, Angela Stanford 72 74 76 71, Eun-Hee Ji (Kor) 74 71 76 72, Jennifer Kupcho 77 69 75 72

294 Su-Hyun Oh (Aus) 73 72 75 74

296 Pajaree Anannarukarn (Tha) 74 72 75 75, Dana Finkelstein 75 68 74 79

297 Annie Park 78 68 73 78

298 Christina Kim 75 70 75 78, Lauren Kim 73 72 76 77, Sarah Burnham 73 71 76 78

306 Paula Reto (Rsa) 74 72 81 79

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