Korda wins playoff to take LPGA opener

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) For Jessica Korda, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions was all about her ability to just hang in there.

Trailing by three shots headed to the back nine at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on Sunday, she first caught Danielle Kang with a late four-birdie burst to shoot 5-under 66, then won with a curling 30-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole.

Kang shot 68. The leader after each of the first three rounds, she had a chance to extend the playoff, but missed her 18-foot birdie putt on the low side at the 185-yard 18th.


Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Jessica Korda $180,000
2 Danielle Kang $150,326
3 Nelly Korda $109,051
4 Cheyenne Knight $61,727
5 Angela Stanford $61,727
6 Lexi Thompson $43,621
7 Brooke Henderson $36,625
8 Sophia Popov $33,333
9 Gaby Lopez $28,887
10 Georgia Hall $28,887
11 Celine Boutier $28,887
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