Born: February 27, 1993
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Birthplace: Bradenton, FL
Turned Pro: 2010
Sponsors: Taylor Made, Franklin Templeton
Jessica Korda was destined to be a world class athlete. Her mother and father were professional tennis players. In fact, her father Petr won the 1998 Australian Open, one of the four “Grand Slam” events that make up tennis’ marquee events.
The Kordas raised their daughter in Florida and she tuned into golf at an early age. In her teen years she began playing top-level junior events and qualified for the 2009 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team and the 2010 Curtis Cup. In 2010, she won the South Atlantic Amateur and, with her father Petr on the bag, she made it to the finals of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur before finishing runner-up.
Along the way, she got her first taste of professional golf on its biggest stage. She played in the 2008 and 2009 Women’s U.S. Opens.
In late 2010, 17-year old Jessica entered the LPGA Qualifying School and finished runner-up, thus earning her LPGA Tour card for the 2011 season. She played a limited schedule in 2011 and her top finish in 15 events was a tie for 19th place.
2012 would be her breakout year on the LPGA. She won the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne, one of the most storied venues in golf. Her win was significant for two reasons. She became the fourth youngest women to win a professional 72-hole tournament, and she did it in dramatic fashion – winning a six-person playoff that included American stars Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome.
Korda won two more times in 2014 and firmly established herself as one of America’s top young players. Jessica will next turn her attention to becoming a contender in the Majors. She has two top ten performances in the Majors – she tied for 7th at the 2013 U.S. Open and tied for 5th at the 2014 Open Championship.
She is currently ranked 24th in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.