(Evian) Top seed golfer Nelly Korda plans to keep her feet on the ground ahead of the Evian LPGA Championship, which is played this weekend on the shores of Lake Geneva.
“I read last week that I am now No. 1 in the world. Everyone is supporting me, but I want to stay the same and try to do my best,” said the 22-year-old American, who rose to the top after winning the LPGA Championship in Atlanta in June.
“It’s good to be N.1 and that’s another goal achieved. I’m proud of my success this year, but I want more.
The French test was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s good to be back in Evian. I was lucky during the pandemic because Florida was operating pretty much normally and I had to play a lot. It’s good to be back, the view makes it a very special place,” she adds, referring to the Alpine panorama.
“This year the cycle will be softer than usual due to last week’s heavy rain. But whatever the circumstances, it will be very difficult.”
The other two players to win the Majors Championship this year are Patti Tavatanaki of Thailand who won the ANA Inspiration Championship and Filipino Yuka Sasso who won the US Open.
In the Korda family…
This period is also good for the Korda family. Nelly and her sister Jessica (13e World) is playing this week and will then go on to represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympics. As for little brother Sebastian, he made a name for himself on the tennis courts after entering the world’s 50 best players.
Father Peter Korda won the Australian Open in 1998.
“We’ve always been a very busy family and have a strict routine. It’s nice for Seb to walk well and do something he loves. Mom and Dad have always been a strong supporter,” she confirms.
Another Evian favorite is South Korea’s Park Inbi, who has won seven major events in her career and won at Evian in 2012, a year before the French championship kicks off. She will then defend her Olympic medal in Tokyo.
“I hope to win my second gold medal and make my country proud again,” said the 32-year-old.
2e The scientist, South Korean Koo Jin Young, is the defending champion in Evian. His win in Texas earlier this month was 8e LPGA title and hopes to win her third major this weekend.
“Winning was really special a couple of years ago, but it seems like a long time ago,” she says.
If Korda, Park, and Coo approached Evian as a good coach for the Olympics, two other Americans, Lexi Thompson and Daniel Kang, chose to ignore the French event.