13 Things You Didn't Know About Nelly Korda

Get to know the smooth-swinging American a little better with these facts

Nelly Korda hitting a drive during the 2022 PNC Championship
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Nelly Korda is not just one of the biggest names in women's golf, she is quickly becoming one of the game's major stars. The American has registered multiple victories on the LPGA Tour, including her first Major at the 2021 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, while she also won the Gold Medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

But, how well do you actually know Korda? Below are 13 things you might not have been aware of...

Nelly Korda with her family after winning the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA

Nelly with her mum (left), sister (middle-right) and dad (right) after winning the 2021 LPGA Gainbridge

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13 Things You Didn't Know About Nelly Korda

1. Nelly Korda was born on July 28, 1998 in Bradenton, California.

2. Korda is from a renowned sporting family. Her father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open (tennis) and her mother, Regina, is also an ex-professional tennis player. Both represented Czechoslovakia.

3. The American has two siblings. Her sister, Jessica, is also a multiple-time LPGA Tour winner and her brother, Sebastian, is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked in the top 100 in the world.

4. Korda started playing golf seriously when she was six years old. She would frequently have lessons three-to-four times a week.

5. While growing up, Korda would often spend her summers in the Czech Republic with her family.

6. The American's hobbies include tennis and ice hockey and her favourite team is the LA Kings.

7. Korda enjoyed an extremely successful amateur career and was part of the winning 2015 Junior Solheim Cup team.

8. In 2013, a week before her 15th birthday, Korda made the cut at the Women's US Open.

Nelly Korda hitting a drive during the 2013 US Women's Open

Korda during the US Women's Open in 2013

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9. Korda is currently dating Canadian ice hockey player, Andreas Athanasiou, and has been since late 2019.

10. After turning professional in 2016, Korda won her first event at the Sioux Falls Challenge. That season she finished ninth on the money list and earned her LPGA Tour card for 2017.

11. Both of the Korda sisters are Whoop ambassadors and have been since 2018.

Nelly Korda, Mone Inami and Lydia Ko with their Olympic medals after finishing first, second and third at the 2021 Tokyo Games

Korda (middle) beat Mone Inami (left) and Lydia Ko (right) to win the Gold Medal at the 2021 Olympics

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12. Her best season to date came in 2021, when she won her first Major at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, took home the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics, and got to World No. 1.

13. She has a host of sponsors, including J.Lindeberg, Richard Mille, Cisco, UKG and Whoop. Nelly Korda's what's in the bag is made up of mostly Titleist golf clubs.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x