Jessica Korda Wins 2014 Airbus LPGA Classic presented by JTBC

Jessica Korda (click to enlarge)

In January, Jessica Korda kick-started the American Renaissance on the LPGA Tour, winning the season opening 2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Since then, her year has been up and down. In recent weeks, she suffered consecutive missed cuts at Swinging Skirts and the North Texas Shootout. Korda was back in the money with a T37 at Kingsmill, but still clearly not performing at her highest level. On Sunday at the 2014 Airbus LPGA Classic presented by JTBC, Jessica displayed the skill and steely nerves that have now made the 21-year old a 3-time LPGA champion.

Jessica Korda (click to enlarge)

The top of the leaderboard was aflame in red numbers as half a dozen of the tour’s brightest stars were locked in a birdie duel, none seeming to maintain any separation. That is, until Jessica torched the back 9. She was a respectable 1-under through the front side for a 14-under overall tally at the turn. Starting with the 10th hole, Korda birdied 6 of the last 9 holes including 3 in a row from 14 through 16. She needed every one of those birdies as shots were falling from a myriad of players around her. When the dust settled and the last birdie was holed out, Jessica had matched her 20-under score from last year’s event. On that day, she fell 1 shot shy of Jennifer Johnson’s tournament record 21-under. But on this day, it was Korda who outpaced second place finisher Anna Nordqvist by 1 shot.

Jessica Korda (click to enlarge)

With the win, Jessica joins Nordqvist and Karrie Webb as 2014 multiple winners and is the first American multiple winner of the season. It’s her 3rd overall win, but the first on American soil. Her first two titles came in Australia and the Bahamas. She also continues the run of Solheim Cup 2013 alumni turned winners in 2014. Every player who has won this season was a member of either the American or European Solheim Cup team, save for Australia’s Karrie Webb, who is not eligible to play Solheim.

 

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1 JESSICA KORDA (-20)

with playing partner and bestie, Michelle Wie

with Wie and Charley Hull

with another bestie, Jodi Ewart Shadoff

2 ANNA NORDQVIST (-19)

T3 MICHELLE WIE (-18)

T3 CHARLEY HULL (-18)

T3 CATRIONA MATTHEW (-18)

6 JENNY SHIN (-17)

T7 LEXI THOMPSON (-16)

T7 EUN-HEE JI (-16)

 

Round
Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Jessica Korda 67 67 69 65 -7 -20 268 $195,000
2 Anna Nordqvist 68 66 66 69 -3 -19 269 $120,962
T3 Charley Hull 65 67 71 67 -5 -18 270 $70,089
T3 Michelle Wie 71 66 66 67 -5 -18 270 $70,089
T3 Catriona Matthew 64 67 70 69 -3 -18 270 $70,089
6 Jenny Shin 67 68 69 67 -5 -17 271 $44,703
T7 Lexi Thompson 70 65 71 66 -6 -16 272 $33,224
T7 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 69 67 68 68 -4 -16 272 $33,224
T7 Eun-Hee Ji 66 70 68 68 -4 -16 272 $33,224
T10 Brittany Lincicome 69 69 69 66 -6 -15 273 $24,139
T10 Belen Mozo 70 68 67 68 -4 -15 273 $24,139
T10 So Yeon Ryu 70 67 67 69 -3 -15 273 $24,139
T10 Stacy Lewis 66 70 66 71 -1 -15 273 $24,139
14 Chella Choi 69 68 71 66 -6 -14 274 $20,398
T15 Carlota Ciganda 72 69 69 66 -6 -12 276 $17,748
T15 Julieta Granada 67 70 71 68 -4 -12 276 $17,748
T15 Jennifer Johnson 71 69 68 68 -4 -12 276 $17,748
T15 Paula Creamer 71 71 66 68 -4 -12 276 $17,748
T19 Hannah Jun Medlock 73 66 71 67 -5 -11 277 $14,182
T19 Xiyu Lin 69 68 71 69 -3 -11 277 $14,182
T19 Pornanong Phatlum 69 68 71 69 -3 -11 277 $14,182
T19 Paz Echeverria 70 71 67 69 -3 -11 277 $14,182
T19 Se Ri Pak 67 69 71 70 -2 -11 277 $14,182
T19 Haru Nomura 71 65 70 71 -1 -11 277 $14,182
T19 Paola Moreno 68 71 66 72 E -11 277 $14,182
T26 Kelly Tan 71 70 71 66 -6 -10 278 $10,646
T26 Ariya Jutanugarn 70 71 69 68 -4 -10 278 $10,646
T26 Karine Icher 71 69 69 69 -3 -10 278 $10,646
T26 Hee Young Park 68 66 73 71 -1 -10 278 $10,646
T26 Na Yeon Choi 69 69 69 71 -1 -10 278 $10,646
T26 Christina Kim 70 66 70 72 E -10 278 $10,646
T26 Katherine Kirk 70 67 68 73 +1 -10 278 $10,646
T26 Suzann Pettersen 66 70 69 73 +1 -10 278 $10,646
T34 Azahara Munoz 69 72 70 68 -4 -9 279 $8,146
T34 Pernilla Lindberg 71 70 70 68 -4 -9 279 $8,146
T34 Jennifer Song 68 70 71 70 -2 -9 279 $8,146
T34 Mina Harigae 73 66 69 71 -1 -9 279 $8,146
T34 Brittany Lang 68 70 69 72 E -9 279 $8,146
T39 Sarah Kemp 72 69 72 67 -5 -8 280 $6,755
T39 Thidapa Suwannapura 72 69 72 67 -5 -8 280 $6,755
T39 Felicity Johnson 69 67 75 69 -3 -8 280 $6,755
T39 Meena Lee 72 70 69 69 -3 -8 280 $6,755
T43 Chie Arimura 73 67 72 69 -3 -7 281 $5,642
T43 Nicole Castrale 67 73 71 70 -2 -7 281 $5,642
T43 Jennifer Kirby 69 68 74 70 -2 -7 281 $5,642
T43 Dori Carter 70 68 72 71 -1 -7 281 $5,642
T43 Moira Dunn 67 70 73 71 -1 -7 281 $5,642
T48 Sydnee Michaels 70 72 70 70 -2 -6 282 $4,532
T48 Karrie Webb 71 69 71 71 -1 -6 282 $4,532
T48 Perrine Delacour 68 73 70 71 -1 -6 282 $4,532
T48 Mi Hyang Lee 72 69 70 71 -1 -6 282 $4,532
T48 Moriya Jutanugarn 73 69 69 71 -1 -6 282 $4,532
T48 Katie Burnett 72 70 68 72 E -6 282 $4,532
T48 Ashleigh Simon 72 70 67 73 +1 -6 282 $4,532
T55 Jaye Marie Green 71 71 74 67 -5 -5 283 $3,775
T55 Lindsey Wright 70 72 70 71 -1 -5 283 $3,775
T55 Brooke Pancake 72 68 71 72 E -5 283 $3,775
T55 Jacqui Concolino 70 71 69 73 +1 -5 283 $3,775
59 Veronica Felibert 72 70 68 74 +2 -4 284 $3,444
T60 Lisa McCloskey 74 68 73 70 -2 -3 285 $3,279
T60 Giulia Sergas 73 68 72 72 E -3 285 $3,279
T62 Katy Harris 72 70 73 71 -1 -2 286 $3,146
T62 Reilley Rankin 71 71 72 72 E -2 286 $3,146
T64 Ilhee Lee 71 69 75 72 E -1 287 $3,013
T64 Jenny Suh 69 72 73 73 +1 -1 287 $3,013
T66 Sandra Changkija 70 72 73 73 +1 E 288 $2,881
T66 Becky Morgan 75 67 73 73 +1 E 288 $2,881
68 Jane Rah 70 71 72 76 +4 +1 289 $2,781
69 Tiffany Joh 71 71 75 74 +2 +3 291 $2,715
70 Jaclyn Sweeney 70 70 77 78 +6 +7 295 $2,649
WD Jeong Jang WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
T71 Amy Anderson 69 74 MC MC 143
T71 Laura Diaz 71 72 MC MC 143
T71 Hee-Won Han 71 72 MC MC 143
T71 Pat Hurst 69 74 MC MC 143
T71 Stacey Keating 70 73 MC MC 143
T71 I.K. Kim 70 73 MC MC 143
T71 Mindy Kim 73 70 MC MC 143
T71 Caroline Masson 73 70 MC MC 143
T71 Kristy McPherson 74 69 MC MC 143
T71 Mika Miyazato 75 68 MC MC 143
T71 Jennifer Rosales 69 74 MC MC 143
T71 Alena Sharp 71 72 MC MC 143
T71 Angela Stanford 69 74 MC MC 143
T71 Caroline Westrup 74 69 MC MC 143
T85 Julia Boland 71 73 MC MC 144
T85 Kathleen Ekey 72 72 MC MC 144
T85 Katie Futcher 72 72 MC MC 144
T85 Emma Jandel 73 71 MC MC 144
T85 Hanna Kang 74 70 MC MC 144
T85 Mirim Lee 73 71 MC MC 144
T85 Mo Martin 71 73 MC MC 144
T85 Ji Young Oh 72 72 MC MC 144
T85 Sarah Jane Smith 69 75 MC MC 144
T85 Mariajo Uribe 72 72 MC MC 144
T95 Cydney Clanton 72 73 MC MC 145
T95 Brianna Do 72 73 MC MC 145
T95 Victoria Elizabeth 70 75 MC MC 145
T95 Austin Ernst 73 72 MC MC 145
T95 Lorie Kane 72 73 MC MC 145
T95 Haeji Kang 73 72 MC MC 145
T95 Amelia Lewis 69 76 MC MC 145
T95 Ryann O’Toole 73 72 MC MC 145
T95 Erica Popson 74 71 MC MC 145
T95 Paula Reto 75 70 MC MC 145
T95 Kim Welch 71 74 MC MC 145
T106 Silvia Cavalleri 73 73 MC MC 146
T106 Sue Kim 72 74 MC MC 146
T106 Alejandra Llaneza 75 71 MC MC 146
T106 Maria McBride 75 71 MC MC 146
T106 Megan McChrystal 76 70 MC MC 146
T106 Giulia Molinaro 72 74 MC MC 146
T106 Lee-Anne Pace 74 72 MC MC 146
T106 Yani Tseng 71 75 MC MC 146
T114 Ashli Bunch 73 74 MC MC 147
T114 Maria Hernandez 75 72 MC MC 147
T114 Daniela Holmqvist 73 74 MC MC 147
T114 Kris Tamulis 74 73 MC MC 147
T118 Heather Bowie Young 75 73 MC MC 148
T118 Laura Davies 74 74 MC MC 148
T118 Seon Hwa Lee 72 76 MC MC 148
T118 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 76 72 MC MC 148
T118 Marta Silva 72 76 MC MC 148
T123 Anya Alvarez 76 73 MC MC 149
T123 Megan Grehan 75 74 MC MC 149
T123 Joanna Klatten 75 74 MC MC 149
T123 Natalie Sheary 74 75 MC MC 149
T123 Karin Sjodin 76 73 MC MC 149
T123 Alison Walshe 78 71 MC MC 149
T129 Louise Friberg 75 75 MC MC 150
T129 Vicky Hurst 69 81 MC MC 150
T129 Inbee Park 74 76 MC MC 150
T129 Christine Song 77 73 MC MC 150
T133 Jamie Hullett 78 73 MC MC 151
T133 Kim Kaufman 73 78 MC MC 151
T135 Jane Park 78 74 MC MC 152
T135 Beatriz Recari 77 75 MC MC 152
T137 Dottie Ardina 76 78 MC MC 154
T137 Nicole Jeray 75 79 MC MC 154
139 Victoria Tanco 76 79 MC MC 155
T140 Paula Hurtado 81 75 MC MC 156
T140 Dewi Claire Schreefel 79 77 MC MC 156
142 Sun Young Yoo 71 WD WD WD 71
143 P.K. Kongkraphan 80 WD WD WD 80
Amy Hung
Kris Tschetter
Cindy LaCrosse
Kristie Smith
Line Vedel
Amy Yang
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