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Nelly Korda Us Women's Open Ten

How Nelly Korda made a TEN at the US Women’s Open

Tee shot long, three in the water and two more putts.. The story of Nelly’s 10 at Lancaster…

 

Yep, you read that right! World No 1 Nelly Korda recorded a 10 during her opening round at the US Women’s Open!

To make matters even worse, the 10 in question came on a par 3. The American would drop seven shots on the field in just her third hole of the tournament.

The par 3 12th is the signature hole at Lancaster Country Club, and it had already claimed several victims before Korda had reached it.

Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe made a 9, while plenty of others had made at least double bogey. Lydia Ko, following in the group behind Korda, would also make double.

Korda trumped the lot though, with her tee shot going long, followed by knocking three balls into the penalty area. It was somewhat reminiscent of Jordan Spieth‘s Masters meltdown a few years back…

The World No 1 had already had a premonition about the 12th hole at Lancaster, speaking about it earlier in the week.

“From the tee box, you can’t see how sloped of a green that is, but then once you get onto that green you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re coming in with a 6-iron’,” she said.

“If you’re long, in a sense, you’re kind of screwed. If you’re short, you’re screwed, too.”

Korda did go long, and in her own words, she was screwed. Here is the play-by-play of how it all went wrong.

  • Shot 1: Tee shot long of the green and into the back bunker
  • Shot 2: Bunker shot back across the green and into the penalty area in front of the green
  • Shot 3: Penalty
  • Shot 4: Pitch shot on to green, spins back into penalty area
  • Shot 5: Penalty
  • Shot 6: Pitch shot on to green, spins back into penalty area
  • Shot 7: Penalty
  • Shot 8: Pitch shot past the flag to 9 feet
  • Shot 9: Putt misses left, runs to 3 feet
  • Shot 10: 3 feet putt sank (finally!)

Now have your say

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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