Nelly Korda Makes History, Moves to World No. 1

Nelly Korda Wins KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Nelly Korda poses with the trophy and her caddie Jason McDede after winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club on June 27, 2021 in Johns Creek, GA. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images)

With her maiden major victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Nelly Korda moved to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, the first time she’s reached the top of the mount.

Korda becomes the third American to sit atop the Rolex Rankings, joining Stacy Lewis (four weeks in 2013 and 21 weeks in 2014) and Cristie Kerr (five weeks in 2010).

At just 22, she’s easily the youngest American to hold the No. 1 spot (Lewis 28, Kerr 32).

Korda jumped two spots to World No. 1, moving past Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park, another former World No. 1.

“Reaching World No. 1 has always been a goal of mine, and I can’t believe that I’ve actually done it. The other players who have been No. 1 are incredible and I’m honored to join that list,” said Korda.

“I couldn’t have done with this without so much support from my family, my caddie, my sponsors and my entire team, not to mention all the fans who support me every week.”

Nelly Korda and her sister Jessica Korda
Nelly Korda and her sister Jessica Korda have fun posing with the trophy after Nelly won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield CC on June 20, 2021 in Grand Rapids, MI. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

Korda owns a Tour-best three victories on the 2021 LPGA season, including back-to-back titles at the Meijer LPGA Classic and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. For her career she’s claimed six titles.

Korda currently leads the LPGA’s points race (CME) and is atop the Rolex Player of the Year standings with 161 points. She also ahead in the ANNIKA Major Award Standings – six clear of Patty Tavatanakit. She is expected to represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympics in August.

Ko’s streak of 100 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings is the third-longest streak in history, following Lorena Ochoa’s 158 weeks (April 23, 2007, to May 2, 2010) and Yani Tseng’s 109 weeks (Feb. 14, 2011, to March 17,2013).


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