Golf Season is Looking Good For Americans

Nelly Korda is rocking the world of women's golf right now. The 21-year-old American golf star claimed a major win on the European golf tour this week. Korda battled against the weather to reach first place in the Lacoste Ladies French Open with a 4-under-par 67, Korda's first European title on the ladies tour. The win will certainly lift the American team's spirits after the recent defeat at the Solheim Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland. However, after taking second place in South Korea in the lead up to Solheim, Korda herself is riding high and playing a solid game.

All in the Family

Sports is most definitely in the blood for this young player; her parents were tennis pros in the Czech Republic and Korda's younger brother looks set to follow in their footsteps. Jessica Korda, Nelly's older sister, is also a high-ranking star on the golf circuit, in fact; the siblings were tied as top scorers in Solheim. This year has seen Nelly edge out her sister in the world rankings, moving up from 16th to 9th to become the second highest ranked American player.

Latin Americans Coming on Strong

Meanwhile, on the men's circuit, the PGA 2019-20 is well under way and it seems the Latin American players are proving to be a force to be reckoned with this year. 20-year-old Joaquin Niemann has become the first Chilean player to win a PGA tour event. Niemann won at The Greenbrier by 6 strokes. Columbian player Sebastian Munoz then went on to win at the Sanderson Farms event, beating Sungjae Im in a playoff.

High Ranking Players Hitting Safeway

The Safeway Open, starting this week, will mark the season debut for a number of the highest-ranking players in the world who have thus far been taking a break following the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The tight turn around between tournaments has been a cause for concern among many players, with some missing out on particular events in order to avoid risking injury and sloppy play due to fatigue. Justin Thomas, for example, was out of play for two months last season due to wrist injury. Thomas is back on form and ready to take the 2019-20 season by storm. Thomas currently holds sixth place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Australian Adam Scott (ranked 15th) will also make an appearance in Napa -- surprisingly early considering Scott has been one of the more vociferous players regarding turn-around time between high profile tournaments. Scott will gunning for a win this year after a few near misses last season.

We'll also see Phil Mickelson on the course this week. Mickelson is one of the more mature players on the Safeway Open tour, and he's also one of the most popular. Currently ranked at No. 43 on the Official World Golf Ranking, Mickelson will be hoping for a strong start to the season; last year's Safeway saw him begin with a 7-under 65 and he'll certainly be hoping to repeat that. However, after winning 44 PGA events, as well as five top titles, Mickelson has nothing left to prove.

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