Baltimore Sun

Korda on comeback: ‘I’m more chill’

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Nelly Korda is just trying to enjoy herself at the Evian Championsh­ip after a four-month injury layoff that has given her more perspectiv­e about her golf. Not that she felt so great taking a shot while standing barefoot in a slimy lake. “... I must say, it was really gross,” Korda said about her adventure at No. 18 midway through an 7-under 64 that left her a stroke behind first-round leader Ayaka Furue on Thursday in the fourth major of 2022. Korda’s approach shot at the par-5 18th hole — her ninth of the day after starting at No. 10 — ended up rolling down a bank on the front right of the green and into the water. Korda removed her golf shoes, waded into the lake and splashed the ball out to the edge of the green. She made par and shot her lowest round of the year, continuing her comeback after time out following surgery on a blood clot in her arm. This is her fifth event since returning June 16 and she has three top-10s in that time. She was No. 1 in the world when she stopped playing and now is No. 3. “I think I’m more chill about it all,” she said. “I’m trying to enjoy myself as much as possible.”

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