Planet Golf — 12 February 2012 by GW staff and news services
Korda wins six-way playoff in LPGA

Teen-ager Jessica Korda birdied the second hole of a six-way playoff on Sunday to capture the ISPS Handa Australia Open championship in Melbourne.

The 18-year-old shot a two-over 74 in the final round, losing her one-shot lead entering the day, and ending regulation in a deadlock with Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis, So Yeon Ryui, Hee Kyung Seo and Juilieta Granada.

Korda, winning in her 16th career start, becomes the fourth-youngest winner of a 72-hole event in LPGA history and the sixth-youngest overall. First place was worth $165,000.

She also joins her father, Petr Korda, in a Down Under winner’s circle. Her dad won the 1998 Australian Open singles title in tennis.

Prior to Sunday, her previous best finish was tied for 16th at the Avent LPGA Classic last year.

She entered the first LPGA event of 2012 ranked 285th in the world and is projected to become No. 30 in the next ranking.

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