The Korda Sisters Find Themselves in a Strange Dilemma at the 2022 LPGA Season Opener

Published 01/20/2022, 3:31 PM EST
Sep 4, 2021; Toledo, Ohio, USA; Nelly Korda (left) of Team USA walks with sister and playing partner Jessica Korda on the sixteenth hole during the morning foursomes of the 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Club. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Jessica and Nelly Korda, together, have taken the golf world by absolute storm. For more than a decade, their presence in women’s golf has been notable, with Jessica leading the initial years and younger sister Nelly joining in soon. Meanwhile, despite being in solid competition for most of the year, the two share a remarkable relationship with each other.

However, in their first start of 2022, not only will the two be playing against each other, but will also be looking to defend the title! They will be playing at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions from January 20–23, on the Lake Nona Golf Course.

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How can they both defend the title, you may ask? Well, Jessica won the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (previously the Diamond Resort at Tranquilo Golf Course) last year. Less than a month later, 23-year-old Nelly Korda won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. However, the favorite in the field is undeniably Nelly, who scripted history with her supreme performance in 2021.
Four victories on the LPGA Tour, in addition to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, propelled her to the rank of the number one golfer in the world. Subsequently, in stout competition with Jin Young Ko, she lost the race of the Player of the Year by a whisker.

Jessica and Nelly Korda explain the fix they’re in

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Jessica, who won in an amazing playoff with Danielle Kang for her sixth PGA Tour win, said, “I told my sister she’s defending this week. I was like, this is where you won. I think I played fine here last time, so hopefully, with kind of my learning experience from then, I can do something with it this week.” She added, “First tournament of the year. It’s kind of a free-for-all, so we’ll see.”
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Jessica Korda (L) and Nelly Korda (R) both of Team USA talk in a press conference during Preview Day 4 of The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles on September 12, 2019 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Nelly, the 2021 PGA Championship winner, reiterated, “Jess and I were joking that she’s defending, but I’m also defending this week.” So, who do you think will maintain the streak? Nelly, with the odds in her favor, or Jessica, whose experience is more than enough to compensate for her sisters? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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