Date: January 27, 2014
Author: Sportal, Omnisport

Korda wins season opener in Bahamas

Jessica Korda got her season off to the best possible start as she claimed a one-shot victory in the Bahamas LPGA Classic.

The 20-year-old American looked to be heading for a tie for top spot with compatriot Stacy Lewis after birdying the 17th hole, but could have seen her hopes of winning evaporate when her ball came to rest behind cabling next to the 18th green.

However, Korda was given permission to have the obstruction moved, playing a shot under the wiring – being held up by a course official and a television reporter – on her way to sealing a birdie that took her to 19-under for the tournament and claimed the title.

The win – Korda's second on the LPGA tour – puts the American at the head of the field in the inaugural Race to the CME Globe and is projected to move her from 40th to 26th in the world rankings.

Lewis saved her best for last, posting a sensational six birdies on her first eight holes as she matched Korda's final round of 66, but will have been left deflated watching her opponent take the glory at the death.

Choi Na Yeon, who led the field heading into day four, was forced to settle for sharing third spot with Pornanong Phatlum, Paula Creamer and Lizette Salas as her form evaded her on the final day.

Last year's champion Lee Ilhee was nowhere to be seen on the final leaderboard after missing the cut at the end of the second round.