From Nelly Korda to Atthaya Thitikul: All World Class LPGA Players Who Ruthlessly Failed the Majestic Baltusrol Test

Published 06/24/2023, 4:39 PM EDT

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Some of the biggest and brightest names in Women’s professional golf are currently participating in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2023. The major is underway at Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, New Jersey. Since round one, it has proven to be a thriller of a ride, with some of the fan favorites not being able to make the cut, while some underdogs are showcasing their skills.

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Players who didn’t make the cut at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2023

Nelly Korda

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The biggest name to not make the cut has to be the World #2, Nelly Korda. Making a comeback after a month of inactivity, her lack of prep was visible. She perfumed poorly right from the get-go. This is the second time she couldn’t make the cut since the 2021 US Women’s Open. She is currently tied for 15th four back.

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Atthaya Thitikul

The Thai star was one of the players to look out for in the tournament. Her performance during the first and second rounds is proof that she wasn’t ready. Her shot of 75 and 77 in two days resulted in her being outside the cutline. This was the first time she missed the cut on the LPGA since July 2022 at Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.

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Georgia Hall

Ranked #8 in the world, the English player had an abysmal performance in the opening round. She began the year as one of the hottest players in Women’s Golf, but back-to-back low-energy performances in March proved that she still has a long way to go.

This was the first time she missed the cut in the season. With a shockingly low score on day one at 8- over 79, she had some improvement on day 2 with 1-over 72 but still wasn’t able to make the cut.

Jennifer Kupcho

This was the second major that the player missed the cut for. After an impressive playoff against Rose Zhang at the Mizuho Americas Open, she is a good competitor. But this is the second major she failed to make the cut. This was a result of her shooting 5- over 76 in the first round and hitting gone bogey in her second round.

Other under-performing LPGA stars at the major

Lydia Ko

2022 proved to be a big year for the player, winning Rolex Player of the Year honors for the first time since 2017. Unfortunately, this tournament was not her place. She has been down on the leaderboard with dwindling hopes of regaining her momentum. The #3 is the World sits at 1 under through 36 holes after round 2. 

Rose Zhang

The hottest player of the year, making her professional debut, had a lot of hope riding on her. Even though, for her, the tournament is a learning experience, she is hungry for the accolades. This is her career worst at 3-over, 74 after round 2.

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It seems like the first two rounds of Zhang’s first major weren’t her most ideal performances at all, but now that she’s made the cut, perhaps over the weekend she can climb up the ranks and make her way to the top.

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Who is your pick to win the major? Let us know in the comments below.

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Christopher Paul

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Christopher Paul is a buddying golf writer who was recruited in the recent round of the 'ES Draft' for his strong passion for the sport. He is drawn to golf for the sportsmanship and precision that surround the game. Christopher admires Rickie Fowler for his strong resolve and for the genuine sportsmanship he displays on the course.
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