Players and Family

July 19, 2022 | R. Forgues


In the world of sport, there are many families with one or more of their members in a discipline. The most famous examples of this are: Venus and Serena Williams, Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Nikola and Luka Karabaric… This family line can also be found in women's golf.

The Korda family

Born to Czech parents, both former tennis players, Petr Korda (former ATP #2 and winner of the Australian Open 1998) and Regina Kordova (former WTA #2), Jessica and Nelly Korda are undoubtedly the players who best represent a family atmosphere devoted to top-level sport.  Respectively 14th and 3rd in the current Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, the Korda sisters have carried on their parents’ tradition in style.  And as if that wasn't enough, their brother Sebastian, is also an outstanding athlete, currently #57 in the men's ATP tennis rankings. He finished his 2021 season 41st in the world.  Even though she is lower in the rankings than her sister, in 2022, Nelly achieved one less Top 10 finish - 4 vs 5 - than Jessica on the LPGA Tour. Having to undergo emergency surgery in March, the Tokyo Olympic gold medal winner was forced to take four months off from the LPGA Tour to recover from the operation to her left arm, after having a blood clot that was blocking one of her arteries.

Best results in Evian:

Jessica, 22nd in 2016.

Nelly, 19th in 2021.

The Jutanugarn sisters

How could we have talked about families in women's golf without mentioning the Jutanugarn sisters? Ariya and Moriya have played together on the LPGA Tour since the 2015 season, the year the first one of them began on the US Tour. While Ariya has had more career success than her older sister - one year her elder - they have both shined several times both at the majors and during the rest of the season, with a total of 117 Top finishes to their names playing with the pros.  An impressive figure, especially as they are only 26 and 27 years of age. There are no doubt many long years of family rivalry ahead. Before taking to the fairways of The Champions Course this week, there is just a 3-place gap between them on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. They produced the same results at the latest tournaments, tied for 54th place at the most recent KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and a missed cut at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

Best results in Evian:

Ariya, 5th in 2019.

Moriya, 3rd in 2017.

Minjee and Min Woo Lee

You are aware that Minjee Lee is a world-class player and one of the greatest names in women's golf since her win here in Evian last year (see: Minjee Lee - How far will she go?). However, did you know that her brother Min Wood is also a professional golfer? He turned pro in 2019 and currently plays on the DP World Tour and has already won twice among the European golfing elite, at the ISPS Handa Vic Open 2020 and Genesis Scottish Open 2021.  This year, Min Wood qualified for the season's four majors and has played brilliantly with three Top 27 places - he finished 21st at Saint Andrews last Sunday - after missing the cut at the US PGA Championship. The defending champion's younger brother turns 24 on 27th July, perhaps a little extra motivation for Minjee to hold high the trophy on Sunday?

The Métraux sisters

Teammates at the Tokyo Olympics in August 2021 when they defended Switzerland’s colors as a family, Kim and Morgane Métraux have been striding along the fairways on the Ladies European Tour since 2020, the year Morgane decided to join the tour.  They have had similar careers, both earning their stripes on the Symetra Tour before making it to the first division, and have both competed in the Girls European Championship with Team Switzerland. Kim is two years older, but nevertheless has less majors under her belt than her younger sister, who has already competed several times at Grand Slam events (Women’s PGA Championship, US Women’s Open and The Amundi Evian Championship). Just like last year, Morgane will be the only one of them to set foot on the fairways at The Champions Course this week. But there can be no doubt that she can count of her sister's support, and that of her fans, many of them are expected to be at the Evian Resort Golf Club, located just fifty kilometres from Geneva.

Best results in Evian:

Morgane, CUT in 2021.