On January 22, Nelly Korda for the second time played a 16 par4 green hole, 330 yards long when competing for the Tournament of Champions – the opening event of the LPGA Tour 2021.
The par4 green is at two strokes – “2 on”, but Korda is only “1 on” in this situation. Once green, the ball is six meters from the target. Hole 16 slopes slightly to green.
“It’s perfect,” commented Swedish player Annika Sorenstam, while Korda’s ball was still flying. Average header of the PGA Tour hole this season is 295.8 yards. Last LPGA season, Nelly was fourth in serving distance, averaging 271.96 yards, while Bianca Pagdanganan was first with 283 yards.
Opening day, Korda is also “1 on”, 4.5 meters from the pit. However, the American player born in 1998 could not both score eagle but only birdie. For the second leg, Korda scored six birdies, one bogey, just one fairway slip and one standard non-green hole.
After 36 holes, Korda is second with a score of -11, two strokes behind Danielle Kang at the top of the table. Yesterday, Kang continued not to bogey, scoring six birdies. On the first day of the tournament, she scored seven birdies.
Jessica Korda – Nelly Korda’s sister – is closing the top 5 at -8. Above Jessica is T3 (score -9), including Chun In Gee and defending champion Gaby Lopez.
As a rule, the first leg of the schedule is only for the champions two seasons before. But the 2020 season lost many awards due to the epidemic, the host organization added the 2018 extension. This year, the tournament gathered 25 players to take advantage of the 1.2 million USD bonus and did not cut out.
Korda said his high performance over the past two days is the result of his return to work with David Whelan – a coach since the age of 15. Korda switched to Justin Sheehan a few weeks ago major ANA Insspiration last September. She returned to this T2 award. Three months later, Korda reunited with Whelan to adjust his swing – the swing deepened and reduced hip movement when down the club.
Tournament of Champions 2021 competed with a prize fund of 500,000 USD for 53 famous people, including Sorenstam – the owner of 10 major in 72 LPGA Tour championships and a member of the World Golf Fame Temple. During the first two rounds of the tournament, Sorenstam played the same group with Korda, who was standing T9 with 65 points over two rounds in a modified Stableford format. And the top of the table still belongs to former player Mardy Fish with 78 points.
Sorenstam was 50 years old, retired in 2008. At her peak, she headed the LPGA Tour on long and straight kick.
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