Nelly Korda hangs on to win Women’s Australian Open

Nelly Korda

American Nelly Korda held off a charge by Jin Young Ko to claim victory in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Korda, who went into the final round three strokes clear, finished the tournament on 17 under par to win her second LPGA tour title.

However, it was not straight forward as South Korea’s Jin Young Ko produced a superb final round of eight under, 64 to keep the pressure on Korda right until the end.

Young Ko, who was the defending champion of the event, eventually finished the tournament on 15 under par.

For Korda though the victory completed a remarkable “Family Slam” in Down Under.

Her father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open singles in tennis. Her older sister, Jessica, won Women’s Australian Open 2012 – the first of what is now five LPGA Tour titles.

Also Korda’s younger brother, Sebastian, won the 2018 Australian Open junior boys in tennis.