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Nelly Korda wins individual title at Aramco Team Series Sotogrande | LPGA

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World number three Nelly Korda shot an excellent final round of 67 (-5) to win the individual title at the Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande by three strokes.

The major champion started the day seven shots behind overnight leader, her sister Jessica Korda, and dropped a shot on the second hole.

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But the Olympic champion soon found herself in three birdies on holes seven to nine and again on holes 12 to 14, before adding another on hole 16.

Despite a bogey at the end, Korda sealed the win – his second on the LET – with a 13-under aggregate score at La Reserva Club in Sotogrande.

“I’m super excited to win,” said the major champion. “I haven’t won this year so it’s nice to have a win under my belt, but I’m also very sad because it wasn’t the day Jess expected. I guess we were hoping for a little more battle in stride, but that’s golf and it happens sometimes.

“I had a bit of bad luck on number two. I was just behind a tree in the fairway. I bugged that hole so I was above par for the majority of the front nine, but I had a nice little race I had two turkeys on the dash which was good I just hung on and thought there were a lot of opportunities and hopefully I can get them to exploit.

“The first two days were a bit loose; today was a bit more intense playing with two other competitors from the final group and being quite close to the lead. We were going back and forth with the lead, but it’s so much fun to play those first two days with the team. It gives you a slightly different look at golf. I liked that.”

Three players finished in second place with Jessica Korda, Pauline Roussin of France and Ana Peláez Trivino of Spain all at 10 under par.

It was another regular day for the Spaniard, who ended the week with a bogey-free round of 69 (-3) and finished as the best Spanish player.

“I had a really good day there,” said the 2022 Madrid Ladies Open champion. maybe to convert the birdies, but that didn’t happen.

“I was emotionally very calm until the end, and I think that’s what helped me finish tied for second place. I had so many people following me today, I love the energy I get when I know people are watching and I’m very happy with today’s round.

“It was definitely a good week to do well, I’m still looking forward to the Solheim Cup in 2023 and this week has been a great week to play and I hope the captain is watching over me.

Roussin produced a 71 (-1) third round with seven birdies, three bogeys and a triple bogey on her scorecard, when it was not the day Korda’s older sister would have wanted as she fired a round of five plus.

France’s Emma Greci and Slovenia’s Pia Babnik tied for fifth at the end of day three at nine under par with American Alison Lee, Dutch star Anne Van Dam, Belgium’s Manon De Roey and Sweden’s Linn Grant one shot further.

It was a great end to individual competition for Matilda Castren of Finland, who shot a scintillating final round of nine under 63 – her career best – to climb the standings to 11th place.

Castren said: “I didn’t play very well in the first round, and I was frustrated and thinking about what to do in the next two weeks to pull myself together. Yesterday was promising, I shot a sub, and I had good shots and birdies.

“Today it all seemed to go in. It was a little rough in the wind, but I still managed to hit the ball well, and it was one of those days where it was all going your way and the putts were breaking in a good way and the wind helped you when needed.

In the Race to Costa del Sol 2022, Sweden’s Maja Stark still leads the standings with 3,037.64 points ahead of her compatriots Grant (2,533.91) and Johanna Gustavsson (1,802.63).

De Roey is still in fourth place with Argentina’s Maggie Simmermacher in fifth and England’s Georgia Hall in sixth.

South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace remains seventh with Britain’s Meghan MacLaren just behind, while Spain’s Peláez moves up to ninth and now has 1,096.46 points, with Finland’s Tiia Koivisto completing the top 10.

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