Put the gold medal around your neck to crown a year as a queen. Nelly Korda in Japan, on the “moving day” of the Tokyo Games women’s individual competition, with a partial of 69 (-2) out of a total of 198 (67 62 69, -15), confirmed her leadership and, at 18 holes from the end, it boasts a three-stroke advantage over the Indian Aditi Ashok, always second with 201 (-12). At Kasumigaseky Country Club (East Course, par 71), another small step forward for Giulia Molinaro who gains three positions and is now 46 / a with 216 (75 71 70, +3) after the first round under par (70 , -1) in these Olympics. Disappointing performance for the other blue, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, only 56 / a with 224 (75 74 75, +11).
Nelly Korda, results
In the challenge for the medals, great balance in third place shared, with a score of 203 (-10), by four projectors: the New Zealander Lydia Ko (silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016), the Australian Hannah Green, the Danish Emily Kristine Pedersen and the Japanese Mone Inami who dreams of the podium at home. The South Korean Inbee Park (gold in Brazil five years ago), 25 / a with 210 (-3) alongside, among others, the Ecuadorian Daniela Darquea who, in the third round, s’ the satisfaction of achieving the best partial (65, -6) of the day was raised.
In a year in which she has won three tournaments on the LPGA Tour (she is the only one to do it), celebrated her first major in her career (triumphing at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship), and climbed to number one in the world rankings, Nelly Korda now wants the ‘Sports Olympus. To emulate what has already been done in the men’s field by Xander Schauffele and to allow the United States to drop a historic encore of successes, in golf, at the Tokyo Olympics.
Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.
“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”
The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.
One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker.
“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”