Korda unfazed by dip ahead of Women’s PGA Championship

By AFP
June 20, 2024
Nelly Korda of the United States waits to put on the 12th hole during a practice round prior to the KPMG Women´s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club on June 19, 2024 in Sammamish, Washington. — AFP

LOS ANGELES: World number one Nelly Korda has shrugged off her recent dip in form as she chases the third major title of her career at this week´s Women´s PGA Championship in Washington state.

Korda arrived in the Pacific Northwest after back-to-back missed cuts at the US Women´s Open and last week´s LPGA Meijer Classic, a sharp contrast to her blistering early season run of six tournament wins in seven starts.

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But the 25-year-old is worlds away from hitting the panic button as she prepares to tackle the tight fairways of Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, where accuracy is paramount. Korda instead prefers to focus on the positive aspects of her recent struggles, maintaining that the occasional trough is inevitable.

“You can dwell on the negatives, but that will never lead you anywhere, so you try to look at the positives,” Korda said. “That´s golf. I´m going to go through these situations so many times where I feel like I´m playing really well; and I´ll go through a little lull where golf is the hardest thing in my life right now.

“I feel like that´s what grows myself as a person and what makes me appreciate the sport so much and makes me appreciate the wins and the highs and good shots.” While accuracy off the tee at Sahalee is critical, Korda says she has no plans to rein in her signature, big-hitting style as she tackles the demanding 6,731-yard, par-72 layout.

“Still going to be aggressive,” she said. “There´s a couple holes where I can´t hit driver, but majority of the round I will be hitting driver just because you don´t want a longer club into these greens.

“If you have the length you may as well -- you have to hit it. This is the type of golf course where you just got to sack up and hit your driver.” Korda is also not prone to “analysis-paralysis” as she plots her way around this week´s championship course. Instead she intends to play it as she sees it.

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