MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jessica Korda won the Airbus LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second victory of the year, birdieing four of the last five holes to break out of a tight pack.
Korda made a breaking 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Anna Nordqvist.
Also the winner in the season-opening event in the Bahamas, Korda played the back nine in 6-under 30 to finish at 20-under 268 on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.
"It just sets up great for my game," said Korda, who shot 20 under in last year and tied for second. "I can be aggressive. I can read the greens. My confidence just was rising every single day. I just love it here. I love Alabama, I love this golf course, and hopefully we'll have this tournament for a very, very long time."
Nordqvist also birdied the 18th and finished with a 69.
Michelle Wie, 18-year-old Charley Hull and 44-year-old Catriona Matthew tied for third at 18 under. Wie and Hull shot 67, and Matthew had a 69.
Wie played alongside Korda and Hull.
"I love playing with Korda," Wie said. "It's also really great playing with Charley as well, too. You feel old but it was a lot of fun."
Wie, the winner last month in Hawaii, has seven top-10 finishes in 10 starts this year.
"I knew I needed a low score," Wie said. "I got hot starting on and just didn't quite get it together on the back nine, but still I shot 5 under today and there's really nothing I can do. I'm just really happy for Korda. I had a lot of fun playing with her and I knew I needed a low number and I just didn't hit it low enough."
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