Nelly Korda Looks for 4-Peat Jackpot in Vegas at Shadow Creek LPGA Match Play

Nelly Korda is rolling, literally and figuratively. The world’s #1 women’s golfer eyes her fourth-straight victory as she goes up against Leona Maguire is a star-studded final at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.–By Brian Hurlburt

“I think it’s a brand new day. I know she’s going to be fiery,” Korda said. “That’s just how Leona is. She’s a great competitor. I think it’ll be great to share the stage with her and hopefully it’ll be a good show.”

Korda defeated Narin An, 4 and 3 in the semifinals match while Maguire defeated Sei Young Kim 3 and 2 to advance.

“She’s the best player in the world right now,” Maguire said, looking ahead to Sunday’s match. “She’s arguably playing the best golf of her career and it’s going to be one hell of a challenge. It’s exciting. That’s been the theme of the week, is to embrace the challenge of the golf course and embrace whatever challenge Nelly brings tomorrow.”

Korda is enjoying the match play format as she goes for rarified air of for wins in a row.

“I think it’s fun,” Kirda said. “I don’t get to play much match play. Only time we get to really do that is in Solheim Cup where you get to go 1 v. 1. It’s fun and definitely something new. With this golf course being so, so tough I feel like you can take on so much more risk. You do make a mistake it’s okay because you just lose the hole, right? I think this golf course is perfect to match play and I’ve had so much fun doing it.”

A win Sunday would be the second-longest winning streak on the LPGA. Nancy Lopez in 1978 and Annika Sorenstam over the 2004 and 2005 seasons won five straight tournaments.