Jessica Korda Wins 2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

Jessica Korda (click to enlarge)

Jessica Korda sure knows how to start a season. For the 2nd time in 3 years, she wins the opening event of the LPGA season. In 2012 it was the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, joining her father, former tennis pro Petr Korda, as the champion of an Australian national sports championship. This year, Jessica nailed a 6 foot birdie to edge fellow USA Solheim Cup member Stacy Lewis for the title at the 2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Championship by 1 shot (19-under to 18 under overall). Her victory came down to the wire, both figuratively and literally. Needing a birdie on par 5 18 to win, a hole she eagled in round 3, her 2nd shot found the front of the grandstand in a nest of television cables. The solution? Lift the wires and putt underneath. Honestly, I didn’t even know it was within the rules to hold the cables for a player. But it is, and Jessica putted her 3rd shot to 6 feet, converting the putt for birdie on the next shot. Not only was that brilliant, but Jessica set that up to be a winning shot with a terrific 12 foot birdie putt on 17. It was a memorable birdie-birdie finish to a 7-under 66 (par is 73 at this event) round.

Jessica lifts tv cables (click to enlarge)

Rules official Dan Masselli holds cables for Jessica (click to enlarge)

As was mentioned, this is the 2nd time Jessica has opened the season with a win. However, the rest of 2012 did not live up to her ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open performance. But this is a different player now. She has a few years of experience on tour and has been through the pressure of Solheim Cup as well. I expect Jessica to maintain a much higher level in 2014 than she did in 2012. She also became the first player to collect 500 points in the Race To The CME Globe. Korda takes home $195,000 plus a year’s supply of Pure Silk Shaving Cream for Women…ok, I made up the last part…but she does truly take home the money. 🙂

Stacy Lewis (click to enlarge)

Quite fittingly, a tournament sponsored by Pure Silk came down to a close shave. World #3 Stacy Lewis came oh so near to taking home the title. Stacy matched Jessica’s 7-under 66, but it could have been…and perhaps should have been…even better. She came out on fire, birdying 6 of the first 8 holes. She came up inches short of a birdie on 18 that would have pushed her to 19-under. Instead, she ended up 1 shot shy of Korda. There was a lot of scoring from a lot of players on 18, including the sensational matching eagles by Jessica and Paula Creamer in round 3. That Stacy was only able to birdie the par 5 18th once in four rounds might have the difference between winning and being runner-up. On the other hand, as Stacy says…when you continue to finish 2nd, you’re not doing anything wrong.

Pornanong Phatlum (click to enlarge)

I’ll take a few things away from the LPGA season opener. 3 Thai players finished in the top 11. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before in an LPGA event. And it’s even more impressive when you consider that those 3 players (Pornanong Phatlum, PK Kongkraphan and Thidapa Suwannapura) didn’t even include the Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya and Moriya. Moriya finished tied for 27th, a very good start for the year. Ariya, a non-member, did not play this tournament.  Also, the top of the leaderboard looked like a USA Solheim Cup line-up with Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lizette Salas, Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome and Michelle Wie all in the top 13. Americans Jenny Suh and Amelia Lewis also joined those Solheim Sisters in the top 13. If this holds up, it could be a very exciting year for American women on the LPGA tour.

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JESSICA KORDA

hugging caddie Kyle Bradley

hugging Paula Creamer

showered with shaving cream

hugging Brittany Lincicome

fist bumping with Stacy Lewis

STACY LEWIS

the two Lewises…Stacy in foreground, Amelia in background

PAULA CREAMER

THIDAPA SUWANNAPURA

NA YEON CHOI

LIZETTE SALAS

JENNY SUH

SANDRA GAL

AMELIA LEWIS

MICHELLE WIE

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Earnings
1 T3 USA
-19 F -7 69 66 72 66 273 $195,000
2 T5 USA
-18 F -7 69 71 68 66 274 $120,655
T3 T8 THA
-16 F -6 71 69 69 67 276 $63,581
T3 T3 USA
-16 F -4 71 65 71 69 276 $63,581
T3 2 USA
-16 F -2 72 67 66 71 276 $63,581
T3 1 KOR
-16 F -1 70 68 66 72 276 $63,581
T7 T15 DEU
-15 F -7 71 69 71 66 277 $31,543
T7 T15 NLD
-15 F -7 71 67 73 66 277 $31,543
T7 T8 THA
-15 F -5 69 69 71 68 277 $31,543
T7 T8 NZL
-15 F -5 68 70 71 68 277 $31,543
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T11 T18 USA
-14 F -7 70 73 69 66 278 $23,945
T11 T8 THA
-14 F -4 70 71 68 69 278 $23,945
T13 T18 USA
-12 F -5 70 71 71 68 280 $19,289
T13 T8 KOR
-12 F -2 73 69 67 71 280 $19,289
T13 T8 USA
-12 F -2 72 65 72 71 280 $19,289
T13 T5 USA
-12 F -1 69 73 66 72 280 $19,289
T13 T5 USA
-12 F -1 71 66 71 72 280 $19,289
T18 T25 CAN
-10 F -5 75 69 70 68 282 $15,220
T18 T20 USA
-10 F -4 73 71 69 69 282 $15,220
T18 T20 KOR
-10 F -4 69 72 72 69 282 $15,220
T18 T15 USA
-10 F -2 71 72 68 71 282 $15,220
T18 14 ESP
-10 F -1 70 71 69 72 282 $15,220
T23 T44 JPN
-9 F -7 73 74 70 66 283 $13,344
T23 T25 ENG
-9 F -4 75 68 71 69 283 $13,344
T25 T31 USA
-8 F -4 73 73 69 69 284 $12,386
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T25 T20 USA
-8 F -2 74 69 70 71 284 $12,386
T27 T44 DNK
-7 F -5 73 74 70 68 285 $11,230
T27 T37 THA
-7 F -4 74 72 70 69 285 $11,230
T27 T25 USA
-7 F -2 71 75 68 71 285 $11,230
T30 T31 SWE
-6 F -2 70 71 74 71 286 $9,975
T30 T25 FRA
-6 F -1 74 73 67 72 286 $9,975
T30 T20 USA
-6 F E 73 74 66 73 286 $9,975
T33 T50 JPN
-5 F -4 72 74 72 69 287 $7,531
T33 T50 KOR
-5 F -4 69 77 72 69 287 $7,531
T33 T44 KOR
-5 F -3 72 73 72 70 287 $7,531
T33 T44 USA
-5 F -3 69 74 74 70 287 $7,531
T33 T37 USA
-5 F -2 69 78 69 71 287 $7,531
T33 T37 KOR
-5 F -2 71 69 76 71 287 $7,531
T33 T31 PRY
-5 F -1 73 71 71 72 287 $7,531
T33 T31 KOR
-5 F -1 68 76 71 72 287 $7,531
T33 T31 AUS
-5 F -1 73 69 73 72 287 $7,531
T33 T25 AUS
-5 F E 72 73 69 73 287 $7,531
T33 T20 USA
-5 F +1 73 69 71 74 287 $7,531
T44 T56 DEU
-4 F -4 75 72 72 69 288 $5,128
T44 T50 USA
-4 F -3 77 70 71 70 288 $5,128
T44 T50 KOR
-4 F -3 73 69 76 70 288 $5,128
T44 T44 KOR
-4 F -2 75 68 74 71 288 $5,128
T44 T37 USA
-4 F -1 74 71 71 72 288 $5,128
T44 T37 USA
-4 F -1 73 72 71 72 288 $5,128
T44 T37 USA
-4 F -1 75 69 72 72 288 $5,128
T44 T37 CHL
-4 F -1 70 73 73 72 288 $5,128
T52 T59 CAN
-3 F -4 74 70 76 69 289 $4,162
T52 T50 USA
-3 F -2 70 76 72 71 289 $4,162
T52 T44 MYS
-3 F -1 76 71 70 72 289 $4,162
T52 T31 KOR
-3 F +1 74 69 72 74 289 $4,162
T56 T56 KOR
-2 F -2 75 72 72 71 290 $3,765
T56 T50 USA
-2 F -1 69 74 75 72 290 $3,765
T58 T65 USA
-1 F -4 70 76 76 69 291 $3,386
T58 T62 NLD
-1 F -3 74 71 76 70 291 $3,386
T58 T56 USA
-1 F -1 73 73 73 72 291 $3,386
T58 T25 USA
-1 F +4 70 74 70 77 291 $3,386
T62 T62 USA
E F -2 73 74 74 71 292 $3,105
T62 T62 JPN
E F -2 75 71 75 71 292 $3,105
T62 T59 COL
E F -1 74 70 76 72 292 $3,105
T65 70 FRA
+1 F -4 73 73 78 69 293 $2,939
T65 T59 USA
+1 F E 74 73 73 73 293 $2,939
T67 69 USA
+2 F -2 73 74 76 71 294 $2,774
T67 T65 KOR
+2 F -1 73 72 77 72 294 $2,774
T67 T65 TPE
+2 F -1 69 72 81 72 294 $2,774
70 T65 USA
+3 F E 73 73 76 73 295 $2,643
71 71 USA
+7 F +1 73 70 82 74 299 $2,610
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT CAN
+2 75 73 148
CUT KOR
+2 75 73 148
CUT USA
+2 74 74 148
CUT KOR
+2 74 74 148
CUT COL
+2 74 74 148
CUT USA
+2 74 74 148
CUT USA
+2 73 75 148
CUT ESP
+2 73 75 148
CUT USA
+2 71 77 148
CUT CAN
+3 79 70 149
CUT SWE
+3 75 74 149
CUT USA
+3 74 75 149
CUT USA
+3 73 76 149
CUT USA
+4 78 72 150
CUT COL
+4 78 72 150
CUT USA
+4 77 73 150
CUT ITA
+4 75 75 150
CUT USA
+4 74 76 150
CUT WAL
+4 70 80 150
CUT ESP
+5 80 71 151
CUT USA
+5 78 73 151
CUT KOR
+5 75 76 151
CUT USA
+5 74 77 151
CUT USA
+6 73 79 152
CUT USA
+7 78 75 153
CUT USA
+7 77 76 153
CUT ESP
+7 77 76 153
CUT USA
+7 77 76 153
CUT USA
+8 78 76 154
CUT USA
+8 74 80 154
CUT ITA
+9 78 77 155
CUT USA
+10 76 80 156
CUT CAN
+11 79 78 157
CUT USA
+13 78 81 159
CUT ZAF
+14 77 83 160
CUT BHS
+21 83 84 167
DQ USA
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