Nelly Korda wins Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, celebrates with Andreas Athanasiou

Detroit Free Press

Nelly Korda sunk a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to win the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just outside Grand Rapids.

Korda shot 5 under 67 on Sunday to finish 25-under-par 263, two strokes better than Leona Maguire, to win her fifth LPGA tour event. Maguire three-putted the 18th green for par to finish two strokes back.

Korda, 22, then celebrated with boyfriend Andreas Athanasiou, the former Detroit Red Wings forward who plays for the Los Angeles Kings, on the green and her older sister, Jessica Korda, who finished tied for 25th at 14 under.

Athanasiou, 26, was the Red Wings’ fourth-round pick in 2012 and played 4½ seasons in Detroit. The Red Wings dealt him to Edmonton at the 2020 trade deadline for forward Sam Gagner, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. Athanasiou had 10 goals and 13 assists in 47 games with the Kings this season

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Nelly Korda, from Bradenton, Fla., shot a tournament-best 10-under-par 62 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead entering the final round.

She was tied with Maguire, the 36-hole leader, at the turn Sunday, but made a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 14th hole to take a two-shot lead.

Maguire, 26, was trying to become the first woman from Ireland to win a professional tour event.

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