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Despite Rose Zhang’s MVP Status at the Andalucia Showdown, Nelly Korda’s BFF Puts ‘The Rookie in Her Place’ in a Hilarious Turn of Events

Published 09/22/2023, 6:45 AM EDT

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The LPGA circuit has seen its fair share of rivalry on the course. It happens all the time. However, what transpired this time around was something that was in stark contrast with in-game feuds as Nelly Korda and her best friend engaged in banter with fellow America and Solheim Cup team-mate Rose Zhang.

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Zhang has been nothing short of an exceptional golfer on course in the year 2023. Even so, the status given to the 20-year-old by the golf world was not enough to stop the current world No. 3’s BFF from putting “the rookie in her place!”

Nelly Korda’s best friend has a friendly wager with Rose Zhang


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Amid the tensions of the patriotic showdown in Andalucia, it is quite natural for players to engage in some friendly competition of sorts amongst themselves. The US team saw just that as Megan Khang took to the course with the young 1X LPGA Tour winner for a small contest.

In a press conference ahead of the start of the biennial event, Khang was asked whether there was anything crazy going on, including bets or wagers on the match between the American teammates. Although not a bet of any sort, the 25-year-old was quick to point out how she won a one-hole match against The Mizuho Americas Open champ on the 18th.


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Joining her in the victory was none other than her favorite teammate, the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship winner who shouted “Woohoo” in support of her best friend. Continuing on with her reply, Megan Khang, the 2023 CPKC Women’s Open champ, expressed how she “put that rookie in her place”, all the while hilariously taking a jab at the young golfer who is deemed no less than a prodigy on the course.

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Korda and Khang have shown their fondness for each other many times in the past. Even in the lead-up to the Solheim Cup, they had done so.

Nelly Korda becomes the hot pick of the team!


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The biennial event sees the teammates split into groups of two for foursomes and fourballs on the first couple of days. And, the professional from Massachusetts picked Korda as the golfer that she would like to pair up with while mentioning how they have been dying to play with each other since they made the Solheim Cup team for the first time.

The 1X major winner, Korda, also reciprocated the affectionate display by expressing her desire to play with her best friend. Moreover, the 8X LPGA Tour winner also went ahead to recount the duo’s Junior Solheim Cup days together all the while indicating how long they have been friends.


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Despite the small loss, do you think Rose Zhang will be able to deliver on the big stage? Which team do you think would win the trophy this time around? Share your thoughts below.

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Allan Abe


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Allan Abe is a fresh golf writer at EssentiallySports. Tiger Woods was the golfer who inspired him into the sport, and he lives by what the legend once said, "No matter how good your get, you can always get better." Allan extends his love for golf by indulging in a little gaming in his free time, with PGA Tour 2K21 being his go to.
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