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Jessica and Nelly Korda: The 'built-in best buddies' taking the golfing world by storm
05:07 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

When Nelly Korda faced off against two of the PGA Tour’s finest in December, she received rave reviews.

“It’s a testament to these other ladies that anyone can even sniff beating her because that was wildly impressive,” Max Homa marveled to reporters after he and Kevin Kisner faced Korda and Denny McCarthy at the QBE Shootout, a team-based unofficial money event on the PGA Tour.

Kisner, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, was equally in awe of the women’s world No. 2.

“I think I called her the Tiger Woods of the LPGA Tour at one point,” Kisner added. “I asked her out there if she wins every tournament. She said ‘No.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t believe you.’”

When asked in January about the praise, Korda had one takeaway.

“That they should watch more women’s golf,” Korda, laughing, told reporters.

“They were very kind with their words towards me, but I think if they came out here and watched all the girls compete they would be equally impressed.”

Homa (L) and Kisner (R) gave glowing appraisals of Korda's game.

In December, the QBE Shootout will be replaced by The Grant Thornton Invitational, held at the same Tiburón Golf Club in Naples. It will see 32 players – 16 from the LPGA Tour and 16 from the PGA Tour – compete in a mixed-team event for a $4 million prize purse.

Not since 1999, when Laura Davies and John Daly paired to clinch the last JCPenney Classic, have the two tours co-hosted an annual mixed-team competition. Korda could not be more excited.

“It’s something so different and so unique, I’m so grateful to be a part of it,” Korda told CNN at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.

JOHNS CREEK, GEORGIA - JUNE 27: Nelly Korda poses with the trophy after putting in to win on the 18th green during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club on June 27, 2021 in Johns Creek, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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