Without the best three in the World Ranking, Jin Young Ko (KOR), Sei Young Kim (KOR) and Inbee Park (KOR), the LPGA Tournament of Champions -won last year by Mexican Gaby López- was played.
All day it was about Danielle Kang (USA) trying to escape in the lead from the Korda sisters: Jessica (USA) and Nelly (USA).
Yesterday Jessica Korda had a whopping 60-point round, the second-lowest card in LPGA history, the fifth ever. Annika Sorenstam (SWE) recorded a 59 at the Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, on the 2001 Standard Register PING.
Kang held on to first place after a pair of birdies on the first nine holes. Jessica shot one under par and Nelly two under par.
It was in the “back nine” when the combative Kordas gave their great attack, just as in the previous days. Jessica Korda was first at some point thanks to her four birdies in the back nine. She tied with Kang entering the last hole.
Nelly made birdies from holes 10-13 and then another on 17th. In the end, her effort gave her third place.
On the 18 Danielle had a long putt for the birdie but she didn’t make it out. Jessica was in the same situation and the same thing happened to her. The two stayed even and this forced the playoff.
They repeated at the 18 for the playoff. Jessica Korda this time managed to make a great far putt for the birdie. Danielle Kang had the putt a little closer but she barely missed it and Jessica Korda achieved her sixth LPGA victory.
Gaby López shot two under par and accumulated -11, which left her tied for eleventh place.