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Jessica Korda Wins Women's Australian Open in Playoff

Jessica Korda
Jessica Korda, Women's Australian Open Champion

Just two weeks after her father's game made its annual appearance in Melbourne, Jessica Korda managed to write her own little piece of Australian history. The IMG Academy golf program alum took her first career LPGA title at the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-over 74 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 3-under 289.

Her card did not look pretty as she made 4 bogeys and one double-bogey in the final round. When it mattered most, though, Korda came through. After three consecutive bogeys on 14, 15, and 16 that seemed to erase her chances, she made birdie on the par-5 17th and fought her way into a six person playoff.

Korda made a birdie on the second playoff hole and watched fellow IMG Academy golf program alum Julieta Granada miss her birdie chance, making Korda the tournament champion.

"It is a really special place for my family," Korda said in an interview with the Associated Press. "For my first win, I honestly could not have thought of a better place."

Jessica Korda emulates father Petr

Her father Petr, an IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum, mayhave won an Australian Open title in 1998, but Sunday was Jessica's day. At only 18 years old she seems to have a lot more Sunday's like this in her future.

For the entire AP story following Jessica's exciting win, click here.

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