Jessica Korda was the American star of the day after winning the check-in ceremony of the first women’s European Tour event to be played in the United States.
Known as the 500 Classic, the tournament had been scheduled to start on Saturday but it was pushed back to give broadcasters more time to edit footage. The final group will be played today.
England’s Charley Hull finished runner-up. Georgia Hall and Katherine Kirk were among the overnight leaders but failed to shake off the late challenge of Korda, who came from one down on the leaderboard with two holes to play.
Korda, whose father is Czech, was trailing by one shot at one point but she made birdies on the 15th and 16th before firing an 11-foot putt on the 18th to clinch victory.
“Last year was my first Champions Tour event and I came in last but it was special just to be there,” said Korda, who was born in Florida. “We did it for a real good group of players this year.”
Korda, who won her first professional title at the 2009 LPGA Championship, was the top American in the points standings before the start of the event and is the 11th US player to win an event on the Ladies European Tour.
“It was nice to see her grow up and that she had a great game,” said Hull. “She’s the one person who really spurred me on to win this week. We came close last year. I want to say to her, it’s not about luck.”
In the season’s fifth round last Sunday, the 28-year-old carded her third straight 70 to finish fourth.