Nanna Koerstz Madsen is on a good golf streak at the moment, realizing her potential and finding the winner’s circle for the first time at the Honda LPGA Thailand. She is the first Danish winner on the LPGA Tour - something she herself described as a “dream come true”.
Even though Thomas Bjørn came close, there are still no Danish major champions. Bjørn was runner-up at the Open Championship twice - once when Tiger Woods conquered the Claret Jug at St Andrew's in 2000 and again in 2003 at Royal St.
George’s. He also finished runner up at the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol when Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot to a foot on the final hole to win. In 2021, Koerstz Madsen was tied with Anna Nordqvist through 54 holes at the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie.
On the 72nd hole, Koerstz Madsen’s mis-struck approach shot, followed by a devastating shank out of a greenside bunker, sent her plummeting out of contention. Dreams can come true Koerstz Madsen initially made her mark on the Epson Tour, capturing three wins in 2017 and earning LPGA Tour Membership via the Race for the Card.
An LPGA Tour Member since 2018, Koerstz Madsen has seven top-10 finishes, with runner-up showings at the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (as a non-Member) and the 2019 Indy Women in Tech Championship. 27-year-old Koerstz Madsen has fired rounds in the sixties in nine of her last 11 LPGA Tour rounds and hasn’t finished outside the top-20 in an event since the first of February.
“I’m sure there will be more to come,” she said after the win in Thailand. Perhaps sooner rather than later.