Bitten by a dog, Nelly Korda forced to withdraw

"I regret to announce that I must withdraw from the tournament"

by Andrea Gussoni
Bitten by a dog, Nelly Korda forced to withdraw
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The “wind gap” continues for Nelly Korda. The undisputed world No. 1, victorious in six LPGA tournaments (including five in a row) between January 25 and May 16, 2024, will not defend her title in a few days at the Centurion Club, north of London, for the Aramco Team Series London.

A very important stage of the Ladies European Tour (1 million dollars in prize money). The American withdrew from the field after being bitten by a dog at the end of last week, just after missing the cut at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Nelly Korda, statements

“I regret to announce that I must withdraw from the tournament,” she said on her Instagram account. Saturday in Seattle I was bitten by a dog and need time to receive treatment and fully recover.

Thank you for understanding. I can’t wait to get back on the course. » Since her victory – her sixth – at the Mizuho Americas Open in mid-May, the Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo has missed three cuts in a row, including two at the US Women's Open and the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

During this 3rd Major of the season, she even signed the worst score in her career with an 81 (+9) after having played 69 (-3) the day before. We should see her again for the 4th women's Grand Slam tournament, the Amundi Evian Championship, scheduled in Evian-les-Bains (74) from July 11 to 14.

She turned professional in 2016 with participation in the Symetra Tour, where she obtained her first victory at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge with rounds of 68-67-69-66 which earned her the success against the Thai Meechai.

She opens 2021 by winning the Gainbridge LPGA in Orlando, on the green of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72), with a total of 272 (-16) strokes, thanks to which she beats the competition from the second-placed Thompson and Ko (275, -13), and the South Korean and world nº 1 Ko (277, -11).

The following June she won her first major, with success at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, thanks to which she jumped to the top of the world rankings – the first American to top the ranking since Lewis in 2014 – and broke a long domain of South Korean female golfers.

Thanks to the position attributed to her by the Rolex World Women's Golf Ranking, she obtained qualification for the individual tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: she was among the four representatives of the United States in Japan together with the various Thompsons, Kangs and her older sister Jessica.

On August 7, she became Olympic champion on the course of the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, closing the event with 267 strokes, 17 under par. In second place after the first round with 67 strokes, -4 on par, he takes the lead in the second round completed in 62 strokes and in the last two rounds he manages the advantage, both finishing with 69 strokes, resisting the comeback of the host Inami and the New Zealander Ko, who finished the test with 268 shots.

Nelly Korda