Jessica Korda, 21-year-old rising LPGA star, won the Airbus Classic pulling out the second victory in a short but impressive career.
She finished 20-under 268 on the beautiful Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex, driving ahead of Anna Nordquist after a stunning 15 foot birdie putt on the par 4 18th hole.
“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.”
The girl just had fun playing the game she loves and enjoyed the good company in fellow athletes Michelle Wie and Charley Hull, both of whom admire her greatly.
“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.”
Of her stiff competition with friend Jessica Korda, Wie said, “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 5 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.”
Korda was very grateful for that last magnificent putt on the 18th hole. Despite having all that fun, things got pretty serious there at the end.
“That last putt broke really hard,” Korda said. “I probably played it about a yard out and I was just trying to get it down there close and it went in. I have not played well since I won in the Bahamas but I’ve been working hard and it finally paid off here.”
Jessica Korda is definitely one to watch in the future on upcoming tours! Congratulations!
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