Jessica and Nellie Kodak: “Naturally Good Partners” Sweeping the Golf World

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But for sisters Jessica and Nelly Koda, they have a “naturally good partner”, and when they go to various places to participate in activities, they will accompany them-with each other.

But they really feel the importance of having each other in an era away from the stadium.

“We always say this is like a built-in best partner,” Nelly told CNN’s Living Golf. “An automatic dinner partner.

“Because life here has become very lonely, traveling from one destination to another. So it’s fun to have someone staying in the same hotel and doing automatic exercise rounds together, too. So it’s fun, and it definitely makes life too It becomes easier.”

Jessica admitted that, given that they have grown up and that they have only five years between them, they still “really like each other”, which is “really cool.”

“We are best friends, there is nothing I don’t want to share with her,” she said.

“Then this is great. When we lined up at Avis that day, the line was stinking for an hour, standing alone, but you have other people, so you can talk to others, have fun, and be a normal person together. . So I think that part is really interesting for us.”

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Nellie (right) is congratulated by Jessica after winning the Pelicans Women's Championship on November 14, 2021.

Sports family

Movement does exist in the blood of sister Korda.

Their father Peter won the Australian Open in 1998, thus ending his tennis career. His wife Regina Rajchrtová is also a professional tennis player.

Even their younger brother Sebastian is one of the hottest tennis stars on the current tour.

On February 26, 2011, in the third round of the HSBC Women's Championship, Jessica stood on the 18th hole with her caddie and father Peter.

Jessica remembers that because she was an “energetic child”, she was involved in a variety of sports, from “gymnastics to figure skating, from ballet to tap dancing, tennis, and golf.”

“Anything that I can release energy, I did. I didn’t do it for a long time, obviously because as a child, you were like:’No, I don’t like that. I don’t want to go there anymore. But golf is always Yes, I mean, I just feel really comfortable playing golf.”

Their future success in the professional sport of their choice may have been dismissed in the monopoly game between families in childhood, because Nelly remembered some special “competition” in board games between her and Sebastian. battle.

Perhaps this is because although they are the children of two former tennis stars, Nelly recalls that their family spends more time playing golf together because it is easier to play as a group.

This competitive upbringing seems to put the two in a good position in their golf careers. Although they are only in their 20s, they have won many professional golf tournament championships.

The 28-year-old Jessica has won six championships in the LPGA Tour, and her best result in any major was tied for fourth in the 2018 ANA Inspiration and Women’s PGA Championship.

Nelly and Jessica Korda practice before participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

At the same time, Nelly made some breakthroughs in 2021.

At only 23 years old, she has won four LPGA Tour tournaments this season-bringing her total tour victories to seven games-including her debut, which won first place in the Women’s PGA Championship in June name.

However, the highest moment of her important season-she is ranked number one in the world in women’s golf rankings-may have occurred at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she won the gold medal for the US team.

About the coolest part of the experience (except for the “American gear suitcase” they all received)? Both can represent the American team together.

“The Olympics is a big goal [and] Being able to share with my sister I think is the biggest goal,” Jessica recalled.

“Our mother is the only one who has participated in the Olympics, and now it is like an exclusive women’s club in the Korda family. Then watching Nelly win the gold medal and the delay of the drama on the golf course in the rain in the past hour is very, very In particular, not only watching the game, but also the game, how difficult it is to be able to compete with the best players in the world and qualify for the U.S. team.”

Standing on the podium, watching the American national anthem with her family, Nelly described a feeling of “emotional flooding.”

“It’s weird because we didn’t think about the Olympic Games when we were growing up in golf, because it didn’t become a reality until 2016,” she explained.

“So in the process of growing up, these people have been training, swimming, and participating in the Olympics all their lives. This is their main goal. So our main goal of growing up, until 2016, is to win the Grand Slam championship.

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After winning the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Nelly took a photo with her sister Jessica.

“So I really don’t know what will happen. Then it’s really cool to walk through the village to see all the other athletes. Once I get on the podium, you really don’t know what will happen, because the track and swimming-I Just talking about these two sports, but there are many other sports-they know, just like they watch the Olympics, they say: “This is what I want. That’s it. “So when I got on the podium, there were tears in my eyes, and I was like:’Wow, this is awesome.'”

Although both said that their short-term goal is just to be consistent and healthy, Jessica has a more practical and lofty goal.

“Be consistent and try to win some events. Keep yourself in touch with your family!” she joked.


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