Leading up to this week’s Amundi Evian Championship, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, world No. 2 Nelly Korda believes her game is back on the rise.
Earlier in the summer, the American was compelled to take a break due to a back problem.
After a strong start to the year in which she placed in the top 10 in six of her first seven events and reclaimed the top spot in the rankings, that stopped her progress.
She struggled as she made a comeback to major competition, failing to make the cut in the Women’s PGA Championship and then placing a dismal 64th in the US Open.
She recovered, though, by taking home the Aramco Team Series title in London earlier this month, and she now feels more confident going into the fourth major of the year.
“I was kind of struggling, obviously, coming off my injury,” the 24-year-old admitted. Coming from an injury and playing in two major tournaments at two difficult golf courses is difficult.
“I didn’t really play well, and I obviously didn’t have a fantastic performance.
“However, I really worked on my game during even those two competitions, and it was satisfying to see that I performed well despite the challenging London weather.
It was a welcome assurance that the effort is bearing fruit.
Linn Grant, the world’s 21st-ranked golfer, of Sweden, is another of the favorites at Evian-les-Bains.
Grant recently won the Jabra Ladies Open in May while also enjoying recent success on the French course. He most recently won the Dana Open in Ohio a fortnight ago.
I’d been playing exclusively in Europe for the previous two years or so, but I still believed I had what it took to succeed on the LPGA Tour, she said.
“It was just nice confidence-wise to get it done and to just have a really solid week where I felt like I could perform out on the LPGA, even on a regular week. It’s a boost for sure.”