Nelly Korda secures fifth straight victory with Chevron Championship win

American Nelly Korda won the Chevron Championship by two shots in Texas to secure her second major title and a remarkable fifth straight tournament win.

The 25-year-old’s victory in The Woodlands saw her tie the record for most consecutive LPGA wins, with Nancy Lopez in 1978 and Annika Sorenstam (2004-2005) the only other woman to achieve the feat.

Korda, who entered the final round of this year’s first major battle behind South Korean leader Haeran Ryu alongside Canada’s Brooke Henderson, shot a final round 69 in Houston to finish at 13 under for the tournament.

Sweden’s Maja Stark finished two shots further back in second place after a closing round of 69 and American Lauren Coughlin and Henderson were in third place at 10 under, while Ryu shot a two-over-par 74 to finish fifth.

When asked how she achieved five wins in five consecutive tournaments, Korda, who made five birdies and two bogeys in the final round, said: “I don’t know, but I can finally breathe now.

“That back nine felt like the longest back nine of my entire life. It was a bit tough on the back nine, but I’m happy with the win.

“I definitely started to feel it on the back nine, just the nerves kicking in.” It’s a big one. It’s everything I ever wanted as a little girl: to win that big trophy.

“Like I said, I can finally breathe and just enjoy the moment because I was definitely very nervous. My stomach hurts.”

The world number 1 is the daughter of former Czech tennis player Petr Korda, who won the 1988 Australian Open men’s singles title.

Her first major win came at the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and in January she claimed her first title of the year, the LPGA Drive On Championship.

She then took a seven-week break and returned to win three events in three weeks, including defeating Ireland’s Leona Maguire in the final of the T-Mobile Match Play.