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Nelly Korda ‘glad to have joined’ former pro tennis player dad as major champion after Women’s PGA Championship victory

Parents Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová are former skilled tennis gamers. Nelly and sister Jessica are skilled golfers whereas youngest sibling Sebastien can be a pro tennis player.

Until Sunday although, Nelly’s dad was the one one to have received a major title having received the Australian Open in 1998.

But Nelly lastly joined her dad as she received the primary major of her profession when she completed three photographs forward of Lizette Salas to declare the Women’s PGA Championship.

Nelly says the expertise of getting two former skilled athletes as dad and mom has been invaluable to her profession.

“They’re all the time there once we’re down and that is quite a bit in sports activities,” the 22-year-old instructed CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell.

“It’s a curler coaster always and fortunately, they have been by way of it so they assist us a lot with that psychological facet of it. But it is loopy and to lastly be a part of my dad as a major champion is tremendous good so now he cannot be the chief at dinner with that little factor of his.”

She additionally paid tribute to her older sister, Jessica, who completed tied for fifteenth at 4 below.

“I would not be right here with out Jess. Not many individuals know the way a lot she has accomplished, however she’s all the time there for me and he or she’s one of the best journey buddy too, truthfully, and I can not thank her sufficient and he or she is a big a part of why I’m right here at the moment.”

Nelly Korda reacts to her putt on the 18th green as she celebrates winning the Women's PGA Championship golf tournament.

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Korda’s earlier finest at one in all golf’s majors got here final 12 months when she completed second on the ANA Inspiration.

But she arrived at Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course in Johns Creek, Georgia, for the Women’s PGA Championship in glorious type on the again of her second LPGA Tour win this 12 months on the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Coming into the ultimate day on Sunday, she was tied with compatriot Lizette Salas atop the leaderboard.

However, Korda put in a powerful show on the ultimate 18 holes, hitting two eagles in a four-under spherical of 68 to end 19-under for the event. The victory additionally meant she turned world No. 1.

“Honestly, (it is) so particular. It hasn’t even sunk in. Hopefully it will sink within the subsequent couple of days, however a dream come true.”

Nelly Korda is now the women's world No. 1.

Salas might solely card a 71 to end three photographs behind Korda, who paid her respects to her compatriot afterwards, calling her “wonderful,” after she opened up about her psychological well being battle following the primary spherical.

“She put up an excellent combat this weekend,” Korda defined. “Hopefully we have much more battles, however she’s had a few heartbreaks on Sundays and majors and he or she all the time has the best perspective and he or she’s a fighter and it is a good mindset to have.

“And some days it is simpler than others. But I feel in the event you go into each event, each spherical with that perspective, it simply makes life so a lot better.”

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