Korda claims Airbus LPGA Classic

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A stunning final round of seven-under-par 65 earned Jessica Korda the Airbus LPGA Classic title on Sunday.

The American had already tasted success on the LPGA Tour this season having won the season-opening tournament in the Bahamas, and she proved it was no fluke as produced a flawless round with six of her birdies coming on the back nine.

In fact she birdied four of the last five holes to break clear of the pack and finish at 20 under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of third-round leader Anna Nordqvist with Michelle Wie, Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull another shot adrift.

“It just sets up great for my game,” said Korda. “I can be aggressive. I can read the greens. My confidence just was rising every single day. I just love it here. I love Alabama, I love this golf course, and hopefully we’ll have this tournament for a very, very long time.”

Wie and Hull, who were paired alongside winner Korda, both carded 67s, and first and second round leader Matthew shot a 69.

“I love playing with Korda,” Wie said. “It’s also really great playing with Charley as well, too. You feel old but it was a lot of fun.”

She added: “I knew I needed a low score. I got hot starting on and just didn’t quite get it together on the back nine, but still I shot five under today and there’s really nothing I can do. I’m just really happy for Korda. I had a lot of fun playing with her and I knew I needed a low number and I just didn’t hit it low enough.”

Jenny Shin was at 17 under after a 67 at The Crossings course on Sunday while Lexi Thompson finished on a high with a flawless six under for a total of 16 under.

World number two Stacy Lewis carded 71 to tie for 10th at 15 under.

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