Breaking News! Nelly Korda Wins Gold Medal at Tokyo Golf Tournament!
Golfer Nelly Korda is crowning a remarkable family tradition in just one different sport: Her father, Petr Korda, played world-class tennis. His mother, Regina, was also an Olympian. Golfer Nelly Korda continued her steep ascent by winning the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.
The world number one from the USA set the tournament on Saturday in a tight final round with a one-shot lead. Japan's Mone Inami won the silver medal in the jump-off against New Zealand's Lydia Ko, who finished second in the 2016 tournament in Rio.
The two German starters failed to improve at the end of the match. Caroline Masson (Gladbeck) even scored 75 on day four, thus finishing her weakest round in the competition by far, 40th with 284 hits total, as did British Open winner Sophia Popov.
At least Masson had hoped for a good result in the penultimate round, he played a perfect 68 on Friday and entered the top 20. Five bogeys in the final round caused the two-time Solheim Cup winner to slip significantly.
Korda's victory is remarkable in several ways. Both Olympic victories in Tokyo went to the USA; Xander Schauffele had already won the men. This second major victory for Korda earned her her first major title at the PGA Championships in just June, thus taking the lead in the world rankings as well.
The 23-year-old continues a family tradition of sporting success: His father, Petr Korda, played tennis around the world and won the 1998 Australian Open. Sebastian's sister and mother Regina, who participated in the Olympic Games in 1988 with the maiden name Rajchrtova, are well-known names in tennis. Sister Jessica plays golf like Nelly on the LPGA tour.
At Kasumigaseki Country Club, his success was based on an outstanding second round: He played an outstanding 62 on Thursday's par 71 courses. On the last day, which was briefly interrupted due to the risk of storms, it was enough for a narrow 69 win.