“A complete nerd is coming out of me right now,” she said with a laugh.
Sailing # 1 is a novelty for the 22-year-old, who met the media in France ahead of the Amundi Evian Championship. Over the next seven weeks, two majors, the Olympics and a Solheim Cup will be contested and Korda, three-time LPGA winner this season, will headline it.
Korda said she lets her father and agent handle the demands that have been pouring in since she became No.1 last month and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with her big sister Jessica.
“I’m like, pinch me,” she said, “is that even real? “
The Evian returns for the first time since 2019, when Ji Young Ko hoisted the trophy and climbed to No.1. Ko last did so on the LPGA on July 1 when she won the Volunteers of America Classic. She then returned to South Korea with her parents and caught up with her swing trainer and dog, whose name translates to “awesome.”
Evian practically paints the city with the winner’s face every year, and Ko has been struck by his youth in the photos.
“Looks like the face was like five years ago,” she said. “The photo looks really young. What happened after two years with my face? I can see my photos everywhere so I feel like this week is my hometown.
While the world’s two best players are eager to play this week, six of the top 20 players have chosen not to make the trip, including No.6 Danielle Kang, No.8 Yuka Saso, No.9 Nasa Hataoka and No. 11 Lexi Thompson.
“Everyone has their own tastes when it comes to a schedule,” Nelly said. “I know some of the best girls are missing this week just because it was a lot of traveling, a lot of big events coming up. At the end of the day I think they just think about how their body is going to be and don’t get tired. But I would never miss a major.
Evian tournament director Jacques Bungert didn’t seem overly concerned about how many big names have chosen to skip the season’s fourth major.
“Honestly we have fantastic terrain,” said Bungert, “and we feel lucky to have this type of terrain due to the conditions, the travel restrictions, the Delta situation right now in the UK, for example, and the situation with the Olympics obviously.
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Korda, whose best finish at the Evian is a T-25 in 2019, noted that the rough is thick and the course is smoother due to the amount of rain that fell last week.
When asked which part of the course she found the most difficult, Korda responded by mentally dealing with the unpredictable rebounds.
“You know, you can hit good shots and you get a really bad rebound and you’re just in an impossible position,” Korda said. “You can hit a bad shot and it trickles up there and you sink it for a birdie. So it’s more like a mental aspect, and also just knowing where to miss it. “
Korda has now been ranked # 1 for four weeks now, which she is very proud of and describes as a ‘cool feeling’. The main goal for the rest of the year, she said, is to stay healthy. The two Korda sisters have faced many health issues during their careers.
As for the gaming laptop, it offers a great escape, a way not to be mentally exhausted during the big weeks, which happen fast and furiously these days.
“Jess kind of said it last week in an interview we did, she was like, ‘Yeah, everybody’s coming after her now,’” Nelly said. “So in a way I’m like, it’s true. But it’s a new week, and every week I enter a tournament with a new mindset. Regardless of the ranking.