25-year-old American pro golfer Nelly Korda secured her spot in LPGA history on Sunday, notching her fifth-straight title at this weekend's Chevron Championship in The Woodlands, Texas.

Ranked No. 1 in the world by Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Korda joins Nancy Lopez (1978) and Annika Sörenstam (2005) as just the third LPGA player to rack up five consecutive tour wins. She is also the third No. 1-ranked player to capture The Chevron Championship victory since the rankings debuted in 2006, accompanied by Lorena Ochoa and Lydia Ko.

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The Florida native shot three-under 69 in Sunday's final, besting Sweden's Maja Stark despite Stark's valiant come-from-behind attempt in the 18th. Korda finished with a four-day total of 13-under 275, celebrating her two-stroke win by cannonballing into Poppie's Pond, much to the crowd's delight. She left The Club at Carlton Woods with $1.2 million from an overall purse of $7.9 million.

It wasn't long ago that the two-time major champion's current winning streak seemed unimaginable. After maintaining her No. 1 position for 29 weeks, Korda underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from her left arm in 2022. She returned to the course not long after, but failed to win a single tournament in 2023 before seeing a surge in form during the first four months of 2024. As of today, she hasn't lost a tournament since January.

Korda will attempt a record sixth-straight win at next week's JM Eagle LA Championship at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, where she'll vie for a cut of the $3.75 million purse.

Emory women’s golf coach Katie Futcher is still in shock at what unfolded last week at the NCAA Division III women’s golf championship at Mission Inn and Resort’s El Campeon Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

“I’ve been around golf my entire life. I played amateur golf, played collegiate golf, played professional golf for nine years on the tour. And I have never heard of or seen a round being canceled because of a poor pin location,” Futcher, who just announced her retirement, told Just Women’s Sports.

A viral video of the third round of competition shows multiple competitors attempting to putt the ball into the sixth hole — only to have it roll back to their feet. After play was paused during the afternoon session due to lightning, the NCAA Division III women’s golf committee decided to scrap all scores from round three, citing the “unplayable” pin at hole six.

“Throughout Round 3 on Thursday, and despite efforts to improve conditions, it became apparent that the pin placement on hole No. 6 … was unplayable,” the committee said in statement provided to GolfChannel.com. “After play was suspended due to lightning late Thursday afternoon, the committee analyzed numerous different options on how to complete the tournament in the time allotted.”

George Fox University went on to win the NCAA team title, while Annie Mascot of Washington University-St. Louis won the individual championship.

Still, the NCAA committee’s decision to cancel the third round — coupled with the pin placement itself — has resulted in social media outrage, questions of sexism and scrutiny over how the championship was organized.

In golf, weather delays are common. But when a round is paused and can’t be finished the same day, it is typically completed early the next morning. That very thing happened during the second round of the D3 women’s golf championship. When play was halted during the second round on Wednesday afternoon, players who hadn’t finished resumed play first thing Thursday morning — before beginning Round 3. Futcher says the NCAA committee’s decision to cancel Round 3 after more than 60 percent of competitors had finished in order to prioritize the start of Round 4 is “unheard of.”

While last week’s NCAA women’s golf championship was held at Mission Inn and Resort’s El Campeon Course, it was NCAA rules officials — not the club — who were responsible for setting the course.

“The pin location was absolutely terrible. It should have never happened,” Futcher said. Still, she was shocked when the round was cancelled midway through.

“The thing about golf is, everybody is playing the same pin locations the entire day. Everybody is playing the same golf course,” she explained. “There is an advantage to be playing in the morning, because the green is maybe a little bit more moist. … But the players that teed off in the morning earned the right to have those better conditions because they played better the first few days.”

Jodie Burton, the head coach of the Claremont Mudd Scripps team that finished third, agrees that the pin placement was bad and that teams should have played through it, but appreciated that the head rules official apologized for the mistake.

“He owned the mistake. But it was just a mistake,” Burton said.

Futcher hopes the controversy leads to more accountability and oversight. “I’m sure the rules officials are all terrific, wonderful people. But they are hosting a national championship under the banner of the NCAA, and we have pins, not just on (hole six), that were placed in asinine positions. And I just don’t understand how that could happen.”

The NCAA’s treatment of women’s championships has been under a microscope since 2021, when massive inequities were exposed at that year’s men’s and women’s Division I basketball championships.

Burton doesn’t think sexism played a role here, though. “I don’t what this men’s committee would have come up with, but I don’t think it has anything to do with (sexism) at all. This is the women’s golf championship, and it’s usually wonderful and it still was a wonderful experience,” she said.

Futcher, however, has a hard time imagining that the men’s D3 championship would have featured such terrible pin locations or that the third round would have been handled in the same way. “I find it hard to believe the men would cancel the round or not try to find other solutions,” she said.

For Christel Boeljon, Futcher’s wife and assistant coach, what happened at this year’s national championship is indicative of a larger attitude problem in D3 women’s golf.

“I think that the mentality of Division III women’s golf is almost dumbed down,” Boeljon said. “And I think that’s a shame because all of these girls can seriously play and they work very hard at it.”

Boeljon pointed to the fact that while it is common for athletes in D1 and D2 men’s and women’s golf — and D3 men’s golf — to walk 36 holes in one day, that is a much harder pitch to make for a D3 women’s competition.

While Emory, the defending champion, played a great third round and was arguably put at a disadvantage by the decision to cancel, Futcher believes she would feel just as strongly even if her team hadn’t performed as well in the cancelled round. Emory went on to finish fifth overall.

“I want to state that I could not be more pleased for Mary Jo at George Fox,” she said. “Her team played phenomenal for the three rounds that counted. And she and her team deserve everything that they won and earned this week. … But (the drama) takes away from the team that won.”

She added: “I think the rules officials should be held accountable for the mistake. I think the NCAA committee should be held accountable for their mistake in not overseeing the rules official in terms of the pin placement. I think when you cancel the round, no one gets held accountable.”

Angel Yin enters the fourth round of the 2023 Chevron Championship tied for first with Allisen Corpuz after a very lucky bounce.

On the 12th hole at The Club at Carlton Woods, Yin hit the ball into the water and then watched as it — miraculously — bounced out and rolled onto the bank (video embedded below). It was such a surreal shot that even the commentators were left wondering whether it had hit a turtle.

“That was TV-worthy… Bounced out the water and then chipped in for a birdie,” Yin told Golf Channel’s Amy Rogers at the conclusion of the third round, noting that she might also test her luck on a lottery ticket.

It was a lucky shot for a player who is in need of a lucky break. Yin entered the the 2023 Chevron Championship — the first major of the 2023 LPGA Tour — ranked 172nd in the Rolex world rankings. The 24-year-old has struggled with a combination of injuries and mental hurdles in recent years.

“A lot of low points (were mental) because when you play bad, you mentally get down on yourself before your game even does, and you’re just constantly trying to figure out what’s not working and why this is happening,” Yin said on Thursday.

Last year, the California native felt like she was on the verge of losing her LPGA status, but then caught a break when she tied for third at the Founders Cup in New Jersey. And then came even more injuries.

“The last two majors, (the AIG Women’s Open) and Evian [Championship], I couldn’t even move. I got super injured out of nowhere. That was really a low point for me because I couldn’t even get out of bed, and I tried to play still, and it was just impossible.”

Yuka Saso likes to hit birdies — especially in the clutch.

En route to becoming one of the youngest U.S. Open champions ever, the 19-year-old birdied two of her last three holes to card a final-round 73 and catch Nasa Hataoka, forcing a playoff. 

Then, on the third playoff hole, Saso birdied again, this time for the win.

With the win, Saso is now tied with Inbee Park as the youngest champion in U.S. Open history — both were 19 years, 11 months and 17 days old.  

Despite the comeback, Saso’s day didn’t start out the best, opening with double bogeys at two and three to drop several shots back of then-leader Lexi Thompson. 

“I was actually a little upset,” Saso said about her poor start. “But my caddie talked to me and said, ‘Just keep on going; there’s many more holes to go.’ That’s what I did.”

Saso kept her patience, watching and listening as Thompson dropped six shots on the back nine, including on the final hole to drop into third place. From there, Saso and Hataoka battled it out in the playoff to determine the winner.

It’s Saso’s first LPGA career victory, earning her immediate LPGA tour membership with a five-year exemption. She’s also the first major winner, male or female, from the Philippines.

A month ago, amateur golfer Megha Ganne found herself in a 3-for-1 playoff to qualify for her second career U.S. Open.

Now, she holds a share of the lead with Mel Reid after the first round Thursday.

The 17-year-old recorded six birdies and led outright until a dropped shot on 18. She became the sixth amateur in U.S. Open history to shoot 67 or lower.

Ganne is also the first amateur to lead after a round at the U.S. Women’s Open since 2006, when Jane Park did it after Round 1 at the Newport Country Club.

The high school junior qualified for the U.S. Open two years ago at just 15 years old and missed the cut. This time around, things are different.

“I think the first time is nerve-racking for anybody and meeting your idols and being on the stage for the first time,” she said. “But the second time around, even the practice rounds, I wasn’t as nervous. I felt like I could come here and just play my game instead of soaking that all in.”

Ganne intends to play golf at Stanford after graduating high school next year. She might have the opportunity to play alongside current freshman Rachel Heck, who became the school’s first individual national champion a few weeks ago.

First, Ganne will try to become just the second amateur to win the U.S. Women’s Open after Catherine Lacoste made history in 1967. Ganne is playing in the second group out on Friday.

Michelle Wie West didn’t think she wanted to come back to golf. 

Chronic wrist injuries and pregnancy had all but solidified the golfer’s decision to step away from the sport. With other opportunities on the horizon and motherhood approaching, she told the New York Times she felt it was a natural pivot point.

But then Wie West learned she was going to be having a daughter and her feelings shifted. 

In February, a month before her official return, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, where he discussed being paired with Wie West at a 2014 pro-am charity golf fundraiser. He said that the “gorgeous” Wie West’s putting stance was attracting photographers, who, he said, “were trying to take pictures of her panties.”

A day later, after properly channeling her “disgust and outrage” Wie West took to social media in response.

“What this person should have remembered from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field leading our team to victory,” Wie West wrote. “I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face and complimenting me on my game while objectifying me and referencing my ‘panties’ behind my back all day.”

“My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats,” Wie added, noting that she won the US Open that year. “NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt!”

According to Wie’s discussion with the New York Times, Giuliani’s comments furthered Wie West’s reasons for a comeback, as she realized that her return to competition would give her an opportunity to address inequities and ignorance. 

Back from retirement and with a mission on her mind, Wie West is set to tee off in the U.S. Women’s Open at 4:40 p.m. ET for the first time since 2018.

Pine Valley, welcome to 2021.

The board of America’s top-ranked golf course voted unanimously to allow female members for the first time in its 108-year history.

The New Jersey club announced the news to its members Friday in an email obtained by Golf Digest.

In the e-mail, club president Jim Davis wrote that Pine Valley would immediately begin considering women for membership and that he expects to have the club’s first women members admitted by the end of the year. Previously, women were only permitted to play the course as guests on Sunday afternoons.

Golf clubs have notoriously been reticent to embrace gender equality.

Augusta National, home to the Masters, didn’t start accepting female members until 2012.

In his letter to Pine Valley club members, Davis categorized the move to embrace women members as long overdue, adding that the change will put the golf course “on the right side of history.”