On February 25th at Pattaya (Chonburi), Thailand
Jessica Korda winning smoothly at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course.
Korda Captures First Win Since ’15
‘Jessica Korda completed her wire-to-wire dominance at the Honda LPGA Thailand with a 5-under, 67 to finish at 25-under, which shatters the tournament record, on Sunday to win by four. Korda collects her first trophy since 2015 in her first start of 2018.
“I can’t believe it, today was such a blur, I was just trying to make birdies. I tried to relax, but I was nervous,” said Korda.“This (Honda LPGA Thailand) was my first event my rookie year. I played really, really well this week.”
Korda made 25 birdies and three eagles on the week.’
Meanwhile, Moriya Jutanugarn did amazing but unable to beat course-record-breaker Korda. She finished as co-runner up with Lexi Thompson.
‘The 24-year-old (Korda) made two birdies and a bogey over the front nine and Moriya Jutanugarn pulled within two shots early on the back nine, but Korda canned birdies on 11, 13 and 15 and cruised to her fifth career win on the LPGA.
Korda put an exclamation mark on the championship with a 25-foot birdie on 17 followed an emphatic fist pump and a dazzling smile.
It’s a rather remarkable win for Korda considering she is coming off a tough offseason where she had double jaw surgery to solve the frequent headaches she was having.
Korda had no expectations heading into the week other than to knock off the rust. She certainly did that and she’ll also leave with a trophy.
Moriya Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson each birdied 18 to share second place at 21-under.’
With consistent score at 69 and 70, Pornanong Phatlum became a dark horse by skyrocketed to seventh with final astonishing 64 in the final.
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum Has Great Finish
‘Pornanong Phatum, the third highest ranked player from Thailand, carded an 8-under, 64 on Sunday to jump from T16 to a tie for seventh. It was her personal best round at Siam Country Club by three shots.
“I feel so great, hitting the perfect shot every time, it was amazing,” said Phatlum. “I’m pretty happy to see all the Thai players playing well.”
She records the 26th top 10 of her career and first this season.
She made two straight birdies to start the round and then closed her outward nine with a birdie on six, eagle on seven and birdie on eight.’