Jessica Korda excited to see younger sister, Nelly, in pursuit of first Major Championship
It’s not often a golfer who is nearly 15 shots back of the lead on Sunday is the talk of the tournament, but it’s also not often that golfer’s sibling has a chance to win her first major championship title.
Jessica Korda, who finished at 4-under for the week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, managed to cross paths with her sister, Nelly Korda, as she made the turn Sunday and Nelly was about to tee off in the final group – trying to win her maiden major trophy.
“This is a great experience and I just told her to enjoy it out there,” said Jessica Korda. “It was nice to be able to see her. I honestly didn’t think we’d be able to see one another this weekend. We said good night last night and shot each other good luck texts this morning and that was about it. It was nice surprise to be able to see her.”
The elder Korda captured the first event of the season on the LPGA Tour, while the younger Korda won the very next week. Nelly Korda also won last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic to become the first golfer on Tour to win twice this season.
Through Sunday afternoon Nelly Korda was leading and continuing her momentum from her victory the week prior.
Big sister Jessica was asked how she would be feeling through the afternoon as she hoped Nelly would be able to take this Championship across the finish line.
“I wouldn’t say she’s been in this exact position before, but she’s won a tournament last week. She won a tournament earlier this year. She knows what it takes to win,” said Jessica.
There is no built-in rivalry between the pair either, Jessica said.
“It’s not tennis. We’re not playing head-to-head. It’s not match play. There is a bunch of other girls that we’re playing up against it just happens we’re sisters and in the same field. I just see it like any other way. I’m not playing against the players I’m playing against the golf course or in my case this week just me against myself,” said Jessica with a laugh. “That’s how we do it. There are so many other players in the field.”
There may be many others in the field this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, but Jessica Korda will be watching intently to see if sister Nelly Korda can do something she’s yet to do in her career – win a major championship.