This driver spurred Nelly Korda’s dramatic win at the Pelican Women’s Championship

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Nelly Korda's driver paved the way for a surprising, come-from-behind win at the Pelican Women's Championship.

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Sometimes, winning is a kinetic act. It is the victor’s responsibility to snatch their win from the jaws of defeat (and those around them). Others, it’s slightly more passive — the result of a week’s worth of resolve, commitment to one’s principles, and good scores.

Nelly Korda has had plenty active wins. The World No. 1 is one of golf’s most electrifying young superstars, possessing a dizzying array of gifts that make her capable of victory through any number of avenues.

On Sunday at the Pelican Women’s Championship, though, Korda was the beneficiary of a different kind of victory. Korda never thought she’d be in position to win the tournament — not after a triple-bogey on the 71st hole left her at 17 under for the week. But all of the sudden there she was, entering a playoff with the chance to snatch her fourth win of the 2021 season, the opportunity to further entrench herself as the game’s finest player at her fingertips. And, well, you know the rest.

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Now, that’s not to say Korda’s eventual victory wasn’t well-earned. Quite the opposite, actually. For a good chunk of the week, Korda was the best player in the field. It just so happened that, for a good chunk of Sunday, most of the golf world seemed to believe Lexi Thompson was on the path to victory. When the dust settled, it was Korda in the winner’s circle in Florida, claiming another victory on the back of another stunningly consistent performance.

How consistent was Korda? Well, perhaps the best place to look is at her driving. On Sunday, Korda hit 12 of 14 fairways with a long drive on the day of 341 yards (!) — a rock-solid performance in a high-leverage situation. Except, of course, that rock-solid performances are just what Korda does. Her two missed fairways on Sunday represented 33.3 percent of her missed fairways for the tournament, part of a dazzling, 50/56 performance for the week. A performance led by her Titleist TSi1 driver.

Nelly Korda’s driver helped fuel an epic rally on Sunday.

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Titleist’s TSi series drivers are some of the best-performing options currently available on the market — a favorite of Titleist staffers across the sport. The TSi series features a unique face construction made from aerospace-grade titanium — a feature Titleist says increases ballspeeds and provides a powerful, explosive feel at impact. The aerodynamic shape of the clubhead includes precise weighting to help produce a tighter spin dispersion and increased forgiveness.

For the average player, the TSi series can provide the sort of speed-and-distance boost that justifies a $500+ pricetag. For a pro like Korda? The TSi is good enough to wind up in the winner’s circle even when your name isn’t being mentioned. To learn more about the TSi, click the link below.

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James Colgan

Golf.com Editor

James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.