Three times over the course of seven minutes of her meeting with reporters on Sunday, Nelly Korda used the word “grateful.” Once she said “appreciate”. At one point she said “more terrifying”. Korda also added “two forms of uncertainty.”
In case you forgot how her 2022 movie fared, she just reminded you.
Although now you can deal with this. winner. Repeat winner in reality. And world No. 1. Again in fact. Sunday at Pelican Golf Club, where Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will be in action in a few weeks Play their matchAnd the repeats It was unparalleled. Down two to start the day, she birdied 1., 7, 8., 10, 13, 16 and 17 as well. She is the champion of the Pelican Women’s Tournament for the second year in a row. And with one LPGA event coming up this season, and only two weeks left in the year, she’s your highest-ranked woman, as she was in January.
Of course, did you see it coming when you saw it Her Instagram post In the middle of March? That was scary.
“On Friday I was in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for a photo shoot and commercial appearance,” her post read. “After my usual morning workout, I started to feel like my arms were swollen. On the advice of my doctor, I went to the emergency room as a precaution. I was diagnosed with a blood clot.
I am now at home receiving treatment to eliminate further risks. I will report on my case when there is more information and when. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy for all of our family during this time. I hope to be back soon! Thank you. [Prayer emoji.]”
Did you see sunday coming when i saw Her next post is on Instagram, after a few weeks? This was uncertainty. Korda was on the mend, but in her first picture, she was in a hospital bed, her left arm wrapped in a cast, her legs tucked in a thermal blanket, and there were more wires in the picture than the setup on the back of your television set.
You might think.
Korda wasn’t so sure.
“You talked about how terrifying it was earlier this year,” Golf Week Beth Ann Nichols started Sunday After the Pelicans. “Can you give us some insight into what was the most terrifying moment of the entire ordeal with the blood clot?”
“I don’t know,” Korda said. “Honestly, the uncertainty of it all. Obviously you were diagnosed, and I didn’t know much about it. Like it was obvious I had a blood clot, but I didn’t know what was the next step.
“For me, the uncertainty of it was the most terrifying. As a golfer, I feel like my life is planned out. I know where I’m going next, I know what I’m going to do next, or I hope you know, but only to get hit by something like that and not I know what to do or what my next step is.”
Of course, we know the ending now, but even the return, while by no means poor, was a bit un-Nelly. In her first event, in early June at the US Women’s Open, she tied for eighth. She finished in the top ten in half of her eight events this summer, which included two runners-up. She won an Aramco Team Series event, as part of the Ladies European Tour, in mid-August. Korda then missed the cut in her second-to-last event, the Northwest Arkansas Championships at the end of September. Korda then missed the cut in her last tournament, On Upward a week later.
Then she won.
There was some emotion. There was a hug with her father, Peter.
And damn it felt good to think, appreciate, and feel grateful, for a scary and uncertain tour.
“What does it mean to be No. 1 again?” Nichols asked.
“Yeah, I didn’t even know this was kind of playing if I was going to win,” Korda said. “Absolutely amazing, honestly. I’ve never been the type of player who looks at the ratings so much. I’ve always said that good golf, enjoying myself and playing to the best of my ability solves all of that.”
“But, yeah, I mean, last year I got world No. 1 after winning a major for the first time and that was really special, and then obviously I went through what I went through this year and got back that world No. 1 ranking is really special too.
“I heard somewhere that it’s a really tight race; everyone had a great year. I think for me, I appreciate it a lot.”
“Given all the health you’ve been through this year, how differently has this win and that hug with your dad made you feel different?” Nichols asked.
“Yeah, I’ve said it so many times, but it was just a roller coaster,” Korda said. “I mean, I guess that’s life, though. I think there have been more downs this year, and I think that’s what makes this a little sweeter for me.
“I didn’t think I’d get it — the way my game has also been in the last two LPGA games, I didn’t think I might have had confidence that I was going to win.
“But I had a solid two weeks, and I said to myself, step by step. I had good memories on that golf course. I was home. I had my parents’ comfort level in the crowd as well, which plays into that.
“Yes, I am grateful to be sitting before you guys here today. Right now. Not that I would have been dead, but here I am just competing.”
Korda laughed at this point. It’s Nellie after all. This is not all bleak.
With that, we’ll end things with this exchange.
Korda was asked if she Googled anything related to her blood clots.
“I try not to Google because Google doesn’t make you feel better,” she said. “It just makes you feel worse. Yeah.”