Korda's late birdies give her third title at Airbus


Jessica Korda painted Memorial Day weekend red, white and blue in Mobile, Ala.

With birdies at four of the final five holes, the American Korda won the Airbus LPGA Classic Sunday on the Magnolia Grove Crossings Course on the Robert Trent Jones Trail, giving the Americans their third consecutive LPGA title and their fifth in the last six LPGA events. It marks the first time players from the United States have won three LPGA titles in a row since 2007.

With a 7-under-par 65, Korda claimed her second LPGA title this year, most among the resurgent American cast in 2014. Holing a 15-foot birdie at the last, Korda finished at 20-under overall, a shot better than Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (69) and two better than USA’s Michelle Wie (67), Scotland’s Catriona Matthew (69) and England’s Charley Hull (67).

Full-field scores from the Airbus LPGA Classic

Korda, 21, prevailed under pressure at the end, with five players within a shot of the lead coming down the stretch.

“My confidence was just rising every single day,” Korda said. “I just love it here. I love Alabama. I love this golf course.”

Korda claimed her third career LPGA title. She won the Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic in the 2014 season opener and also won the LPGA’s season opener in 2012, taking the Women’s Australian Open.

Matthew took the 54-hole lead into Sunday in Mobile, but Wie came out on fire, making birdies at four of the first seven holes and taking a one-shot lead as she made the turn to the back nine. Korda, playing alongside Wie, made the turn trailing by three shots. She closed hard with a 30 on the back nine.

Rolex world No. 2 Stacy Lewis, looking to take the No. 1 ranking from Inbee Park, needed to finish solo third or better to do so. She came up short, shooting 71 and tying for 10th.