Nelly Korda (born July 28, 1998) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour, where she has won six times. She played on the 2019 Solheim Cup.
Korda was a member of the 2015 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup. As an amateur, she won the 2015 Harter Hall Invitational, the 2015 PING Invitational, and was a 2015 AJGA Rolex Junior All-American. She also made the cut at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, one month before her 15th birthday.
Korda began her pro career in 2016 on the Symetra Tour, where she won her first pro event at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge after shooting rounds of 68-67-69-66 for a 3 stroke victory over Wichanee Meechai. She ended the season 9th on the money list, thus earning her LPGA Tour card for 2017.
On October 28, 2018, Korda won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taoyuan, Taiwan for her first LPGA Tour title. This win made her and her sister Jessica Korda the third pair of sisters to win in LPGA history, joining the Jutanugarn sisters, Moriya Jutanugarn and Ariya Jutanugarn, along with Charlotta and Annika Sörenstam.
After settling for runner-up at the CME Group Tour Championship and solo 3rd at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Korda won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on February 17, 2019. In doing so, she completed a "Family Slam" in Australia. Her father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open singles in tennis. Her older sister, Jessica Korda, won the Women's Australian Open in 2012 and her younger brother, Sebastian, won the 2018 Australian Open junior boys in tennis. The Australian Open win represented Korda's 4th top-5 finish in her most recent 5 LPGA starts. Thanks to this victory, Korda broke into the top 10 for the first time in the February 18, 2019 release of the Women's World Golf Rankings, moving up to 9th from 16th the week before, and becoming the second highest ranked American in the world, surpassed only by 5th ranked Lexi Thompson.
On September 22, 2019, Korda shot a 4-under-par 67 in blustery conditions and won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France by eight shots. On November 3, 2019, Korda defended her title at the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA in a playoff over Caroline Masson and Minjee Lee.
On February 28, 2021, Korda won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida.
On June 20, 2021, Korda won the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan becoming the first two time winner on the LPGA during the 2021 season. She shot a career best 62 on Saturday to take a lead into the final round.
On June 27, 2021, Korda won her first major at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. In the final round, Korda shot a 4-under 68 and won by three strokes over Lizette Salas. With the win, Korda became the number one player in the world.
On August 5, 2021 in round 2 of the Ladies Golf Olympics in Japan, Korda stood on the 18th tee at -11 for her round and a birdie on the 18th would have been a round of 59 but she double bogeyed the hole for a 62.
Korda is the daughter of retired Czech professional tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová. Her father is a tennis grand slam champion who won the 1998 Australian Open crown. Her younger brother, Sebastian, won the 2018 Australian Open tennis title in the boys' division. Her sister Jessica Korda also plays on the LPGA Tour. Since the end of 2019, she is dating Canadian NHL player Andreas Athanasiou of the Los Angeles Kings. Her brother is professional tennis player Sebastian Korda.
Professional wins (8)
LPGA Tour wins (6)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour event (5)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Oct 28, 2018||Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship||67-71-69-68=275||−13||2 strokes||Minjee Lee||330,000|
|2||Feb 17, 2019||ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open||71-66-67-67=271||−17||2 strokes||Ko Jin-young||195,000|
|3||Nov 3, 2019||Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA||66-67-65-72=270||−18||Playoff|| Minjee Lee,
|4||Feb 28, 2021||Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio||67-68-68-69=272||−16||3 strokes|| Lydia Ko,
|5||Jun 20, 2021||Meijer LPGA Classic||68-66-62-67=263||−25||2 strokes||Leona Maguire||345,000|
|6||Jun 27, 2021||Women's PGA Championship||70-63-68-68=269||−19||3 strokes||Lizette Salas||675,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2019||Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA|| Minjee Lee
|Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2020||ANA Inspiration|| Brooke Henderson
|Lee won with birdie on first extra hole|
Ladies European Tour (1)
|To par||Margin of
|1||Sep 22, 2019||Lacoste Ladies Open de France||68-64-70-67=269||−15||8 strokes||Céline Boutier||48,750|
Symetra Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Sep 4, 2016||Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge||68-67-69-66=270||−14||3 strokes||Wichanee Meechai||31,500|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2021||Women's PGA Championship||Tied for lead||−19 (70-63-68-68=269)||3 strokes||Lizette Salas|
Results not in chronological order before 2019 or in 2020.
|U.S. Women's Open||T64||T59||T44||T10||T39||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||T20||T40||T3||WD|
|The Evian Championship||CUT||T61||T25||NT|
|Women's British Open||CUT||T42||T9||T14|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||1|
|The Evian Championship||T19|
|Women's British Open|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
NT = no tournament
T = tied
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||1||1||7||5|
|Women's PGA Championship||1||0||1||2||2||3||5||4|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||4||3|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||1||2||4||3|
LPGA Tour career summary
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
^ As of August 2, 2021
- Junior Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2015 (winners)
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2019
Solheim Cup record
|2019||4||3–0–1||1–0–0 def. C. Hedwall 2 up||2–0–0 won w/ J. Korda 6&4
won w/ J. Korda 6&5
|0–0–1 halved w/ B. Altomare||3.5||87.5|