Evian Championship: Nelly Korda knows that patience is essential for the “crazy” big challenge in France

Evian Championship: Nelly Korda knows that patience is essential for the “crazy” big challenge in France

World number one Nelly Korda believes patience will be the key to overcoming the “crazy” challenge presented by the Evian Championship venue.

Evian Resort Golf Club is a picturesque course located in a French spa town on the shores of Lake Geneva, but features small greens, heavily undulating fairways and a par 3 hole separated from the rest of the course by a road.

Korda’s two major wins so far have been at the Chevron Championship and the KMPG Women’s PGA Championship, although she finished eighth and ninth in her last two starts at the Evian Championship.

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“I think the big word this week is patience,” Korda said. “You can hit a really good shot and get a really bad rebound, and you can hit a bad shot and get a really good rebound. So it’s really important to be patient out here this week.”

“It definitely took me a couple of years to kind of figure that out. I think the most important thing here is not to get too carried away and not to get too upset about the bad setbacks.

“It’s definitely a different style of golf course. The ball is over your feet, the ball is under your feet, you’re playing a lot towards the contours of the green and on bounces. It’s a fun, funky style of golf, but I think it’s also cool to play.”

Korda won six times in seven starts earlier this season but has missed the cut in her last three events, including two majors, and was forced to withdraw from last week’s Aramco Team Series event at Hemel Hempstead after being bitten by a dog.

The 25-year-old, who was set to defend her title at the Centurion Club, declined to comment on the incident, which occurred in a Seattle cafe.

“Yes, I just have a bite wound on my leg. I had to go through some medical things,” she said.

When asked if she was 100 percent fit, Korda replied: “Yes, I’m feeling better.”

The Evian Championships have been moved up the schedule to make way for the Paris Olympics, where Korda will defend the gold medal she won in Tokyo in 2021.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “It’s a huge honor every time I get to represent my country. To do that again at the Olympics will be an incredible experience.”

“It’s going to be a little sad not being able to go with my sister (Jessica). I think that’s what was special about 2021, being able to share that experience with Jess. But I’m just really excited to be representing the USA at the Olympics again.”

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