Despite Giving It a Silent Treatment, Nelly Korda Doesn’t Get Blatantly Ignored by John Daly’s Turf; Golf World Reacts

Published 09/29/2023, 7:53 AM EDT

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Nelly Korda has decided to give golf a break, a short one albeit. Indeed, the $2,300,000 LPGA event happening this week in Arkansas is missing her name. But a glimpse from the past has shot her back into the spotlight.

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The eight-time LPGA Tour winner suffered a major heartbreak last week when her team failed to win the Solheim Cup for the third time in six years. In the penultimate match, her Spanish opponent, Carlota Ciganda, prevailed over the US golfer. Korda, after carrying the team on her back for so long, decided to take some time off to process the failure.

Nelly Korda needed some time to heal–physically and mentally


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In their Solheim Cup tussle in Spain last week, Korda was going all square with Ciganda till the final moment. But when the home girl holed her ball in the 16 hole, Team USA’s last bit of hope to win the Solheim Cup got buried with it. A crestfallen Korda was pictured looking back in disbelief.

It was too much for the three-time Solheim Cup veteran. After putting in so much effort over the last few months, everything went into vain. Korda, after an exhausting tournament, eventually decided to take a break.


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The one-time major winner’s name is missing from LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at iconic golfer John Daly’s home turf in Rogers. Not only that, she has decided to skip LET’s The Open de France Dames as well. Clearly, she wanted to stay away from the spotlight for some time. However, a recent video from last year’s NWA brought her back into the limelight once again.

Korda nails an extremely difficult shot earning praise from her fans

Most golfers’ hearts sink when the ball drops at a bunker. Only a few golfers, the likes of Nelly Korda for example, can think of holing out from the bunker.

Earlier today, LPGA Tour on their official Instagram handle posted a throwback video from last year’s Walmart NW Arkansan Tour. In the video, the six-time LPGA tour winner holes out from a bunker to score an eagle at course 18.


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Fans were quick to react to this exquisite display from Korda. It was a meticulously calculated shot. Commenting on her brilliant approach to not just get over the slope, but to actually hole that out, one golf fan wrote, “Wowww Nelly nice approach.

Perhaps no fan was more impressed than this one. Expressing their desire to pair up with Korda one day, this fan wrote, “Sooo kool! LFG Nelly!”.


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Her decision to take some time off has also found endorsement from her fanbase. Supporting her decision to take a break, this fan wrote, “Nelly Korda is awesome, remember we are all human.” Support poured out from others as well. One user wrote: “Love you Nelly,” while another encouraged Korda to come back even stronger.

However, for some fans, last week’s defeat still stings. Commenting on the missed opportunities at the Finca Cortesin, one of them lamented, “If only we had a couple of those at the Solheim Cup.” Seconding that, another fan could not hold their exasperation back: “Too bad she could not hit a putt last week.

Korda’s decision to take a break from professional golf for some time goes on to show how demanding the tournament can be. The rewards are pretty awesome, but the aftertaste of failure doesn’t leave your mouth too easily.


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Korda definitely needs some time and support to come out from her heartbreak. Fans are hoping to see her at the BMW Ladies Championship, a tournament that she skipped last year.

Watch this story | Nelly Korda and team issue a stern message, creating history with their ‘for the first time in 32 years’ foursome move.



Written by:

Parnab Bhattacharya


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Parnab is a budding golf writer at Essentially Sports. He is keen on exploring his newfound love for golf through his long-time passion for writing. With a strong knack for storytelling and experience in SEO content writing, he brings a unique blend of fluent writing and technical expertise.
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Sharan Nair




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