Nelly Korda, the world’s top-ranked women’s golfer, will be paired with another major champion at this year’s PNC Championship. And her partner is someone she knows very well.
Korda will be paired with her dad, Petr, for the two-player family team competition. The elder Korda was a major champion in tennis, claiming the 1998 Australian Open.
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The younger Korda has already had quite a year in 2021. She won four times on the LPGA Tour and took home the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. She is eligible for the PNC Championship for the first time after winning her first major championship at the KPMG Women’s PGA in June.
“I am obviously excited to get to play alongside so many legends of golf but if I’m honest, what excites me even more will be having my dad playing alongside me,” Korda said in a press release. “After all these years of him watching and supporting us kids from the sidelines in both golf and tennis, it is going to be so much fun to be in a team competing together. The whole family is looking forward to enjoying this in the run up to Christmas.”
The Kordas will have plenty of competition in this year’s field.
There are 20 teams competing in the event this season. Along with the Kordas, Henrik Stenson and his son Karl will be competing for the first time. Legends of the game such as Gary Player, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino will be competing, along with David Duval, John Daly, Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar.
Last year’s event was won by Justin Thomas and his father, Mike. It’s unclear if the Thomas pairing will be back to defend their title after Mike underwent surgery recently.
The event will be played Dec. 16-19 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes. NBC and the Golf Channel will have live coverage on Saturday and Sunday.