Georgia Hall: Nelly Korda’s dominance is great for women’s golf

Ronan MacNamara

Nelly Korda wins her fifth consecutive LPGA Tour event (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Georgia Hall admits she can’t get her head around the dominance of Nelly Korda who has won six of her last seven events but insists her hot streak is just what the women’s game needs.

Korda counts the Chevron Championship among her six LPGA Tour wins this season having won five in a row. The American couldn’t make it six from six and set a new LPGA Tour record but she bounced back with a win last week.

The 25-year-old currently enjoys a similar level of comfort to Scottie Scheffler at the top of the world rankings and is double the points ahead of Lilia Vu.

“In a way I hope it continues like that because it’s just amazing to see,” said the world number 32.

“I just can’t get my head around it. Six out of seven is just unbelievable.

“It’s great for the game in general. Although we obviously want to win more than anything, for her to keep winning like she is, it’s just doing great things for us, promoting the tournaments and the Tour in general.”

The Englishwoman is enjoying watching Korda at the top of the game and even sent her a text saying “thanks for giving us a chance” when she withdrew from a recent event.

Korda enjoys the plaudits but she is still targeting more wins with a double figure winning season still very much on the cards with four major championships remaining also.

The American is delighted to see the rewards after an injury ravaged period.

“It’s a lot of fun. For me it’s more rewarding that all the hard work that I’ve put in, all the rollercoaster that I went through from the end of 2021 with my injuries to this year is just super rewarding.

“To have my team besides me day in and day out, you know, being so close knit really makes it special.”

All eyes will be on Korda at next week’s US Women’s Open, eleven years after playing her maiden professional event at the championship.

Despite her dominance this year she would dearly love to right the wrongs of some poor performances in the tournament.

“It was the first event I ever played in 2013 at Sebonack. That was where I realized this is my dream and I would love to live that out one day, so obviously I have a tie to that event emotionally.

“It’s tough. There has definitely been some heartbreaking times where I just haven’t competed well in U.S. Women’s Open where I feel like I put a little bit more pressure on myself, because I do love the event and I feel like out of all the events that’s like the event for me.

“I’m not saying — I’m not downplaying any other major. I’m just saying that is where my dream kind of became reality in a sense, so obviously it’s on the top of my priority list. I just know there is never any good when you put more pressure on yourself. Just going to stay in my bubble that week and take it a shot at a time.”

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