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Golf Australia Express : Issue 23
ASIX-WAY playoff, a teenage winner and a scissor-kick celebration on the 18th green—the Women’s Australian Open had it all. Causing the buzz that put the normally reserved Royal Melbourne folk in a spin for a while was American Jessica Korda. The bubbly 18-year-old rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole of the crowded playoff to claim her maiden LPGA title on Sunday. The win completed one of the world’s rarest sporting doubles with her father, Petr, who won an Australian Open tennis title 14 years ago. “Dad and I spoke on Monday and he said Melbourne had been good to him,” Korda said after the win. “When I was walking around here and you have that [Melbourne] sign on pretty much every green, it always made me smile because it just reminds me of the good times. It’s just a really special place for my family. “So for my first win, I honestly couldn’t have thought of a better place.” Joining Korda in just the second six-way playoff in LPGA Tour history were compatriots Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicombe, Korean pair Hee Kyung Seo and So Yeon Ryu and Paraguay’s Julieta Granada. Lincicome had the best chance to win on the first playoff hole after a terrific approach shot. But her six- footer for birdie circled the cup instead of dropping. Korda earned $165,000 and is projected to move from No.285 to No.30 in world rankings. OTG KORDA’S ROYAL STRIKE FINAL STANDINGS 1 JESSICA KORDA USA -3 $165,000 T2 STACY LEWIS USA -3 $63,784 T2 BRITTANY LICICOME USA -3 $63,784 T2 JULIETA GRANADA PAR -3 $63,784 T2 SO YEON RYU KOR -3 $63,784 T2 HEE KYUNG SEO KOR -3 $63,784 7 JENNY SHIN KOR -2 $31,743 T8 KATIE FUTCHER USA -1 $26,406 T8 YANI TSENG TWN -1 $26,406 T10 ANNA NORDQVIST SWE E $21,911 T10 BEATRIZ RECARI SON E $21,911 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Royal Melbourne GC, AUSTRALIA “[Melbourne’s] just a really special place for my family. So for my first win, I honestly couldn’t have thought of a better place.” WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE ALPG TOUR... WRAP THE