Nelly Korda is again from damage. This is why she feels the day off was helpful

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Nelly Korda says her day off helped her respect the sport.

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Nelly Korda acquired one query that stumped her at her press convention Tuesday at Baltusrol.

In your opinion, who do you suppose is the perfect participant within the girls’s sport proper now?

“I don’t know,” she mentioned with a smirk.

Korda is competing this week on the KPMG Ladies’s PGA, the second main on the LPGA’s calendar. It’s her first match again from damage, and her first since shedding the highest spot within the Rolex Rankings.

On the Chevron Championship, the primary main of the yr, Korda completed third, only one stroke out of the playoff finally received by Lilia Vu. It wasn’t the outcome she had hoped for, nevertheless it was adequate for her to reclaim the highest spot within the Rolex Rating. Now, she’s fallen again to No. 2.

For the reason that finish of 2022, World No. 1 has been a little bit of a revolving door, with Lydia Ko taking up not lengthy after her win on the CME Group Tour Championship and Jin Younger Ko, with two wins in 2023, holding it at present. Korda has reclaimed No. 1 twice since her return from a scary blood clot in her arm pressured her to overlook 4 months final yr, however she’s solely received one time in that span.

Her well being has been a difficulty as soon as once more this season.Simply earlier than the Mizuho Americas Open, Korda introduced she could be pulling out of the match to heal a again damage. In the course of the day off, she misplaced the No. 1 spot to Jin Younger Ko.

That damage doesn’t appear to be an issue 4 weeks later at Baltusrol. She mentioned she is totally pain-free and wouldn’t even be giving it a go this week if she wasn’t “one hundred pc” wholesome.

It’s not the primary time she’s handled a decrease again damage. She missed 9 weeks in 2020 after decrease again ache pressured her to withdraw from this match.

Nonetheless, she’s not overly involved with its recurrence, regardless of being simply 24 years outdated.

“There’s a variety of torque within the golf swing, so I fell like I’m not the one golfer that sort of struggles with the low again,” she mentioned. “I’ve performed this sport since I began strolling, so I’ve handled accidents. I believe coming from a household that has performed sports activities all through their whole life, it simply comes with it. You have a look at so many athletes, all of them undergo one thing. I can solely converse on let’s say tennis the place you see Nadal, who battled with so many accidents all through his whole profession.”

Nelly Korda says she is one hundred pc ache free.

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The difficulty then turns into choosing up the place she left off previous to the accidents. Whereas Korda hasn’t received since final November, she has completed within the high 10 in seven of her 9 begins since. However regardless of the excessive finishes, she’s struggled to proceed the momentum from week to week.

“I believe it’s like beginning anew. I believe all of the momentum that you simply had sort of goes away as a result of I didn’t contact a golf membership for 2 weeks,” Korda mentioned. “It’s like going to the gymnasium after a extremely very long time. The primary week is sort of powerful, however then when you get into the groove of issues, you sort of get it again.”

Nonetheless, there are good elements about her depart and a part of it would even be advantageous. Korda mentioned the added perspective from every of her breaks has helped her rediscover her love for the sport.

“It’s typically good to reset after taking part in,” she mentioned. “I performed eight occasions. I believe I simply skipped two all through the start of the yr. So it’s good to take a step again, get a break in a way. I believe it additionally makes you respect taking part in out right here, touring and attending to do what you like when it’s sort of taken away from you and it’s important to take a pressured break.

“I really feel like I like the sport of golf. I like competing. I’ve a lot enjoyable doing this and touring. It simply makes me respect it extra.”

Jack Hirsh

Golf.com Editor

Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf crew and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but in addition producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He may be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.

 

 

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