Days After Getting Emotionally and Physically Drained, Nelly Korda Makes a Critical Career Decision

Published 09/28/2023, 10:13 AM EDT

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Regardless of the results, Nelly Korda emerged as a radiant star in this year’s Solheim Cup. From the days of the team’s relentless preparation, through their remarkable PR campaign, to the final Solheim days, Korda left an indelible mark on Team USA’s performance in the 2023 Solheim Cup. While this year’s results were not what Team USA had hoped, they gave it their best shot on the greens.

But the Solheim Cup is not just another event, it tends to have lasting importance in the world of golf. Its effects shine bright on the players even after days of officially ending. Physical and emotional exhaustion are the natural implications of carrying the burden of one’s country on one’s shoulders at such a huge level. Korda, for one, has made a critical choice in her career in the aftermath of the Solheim Cup.

The aftermath of the Solheim Cup and Nelly Korda’s recent career decision


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After the fiery long days of the Solheim Cup, Nelly Korda seems to have taken a much-needed break. The three days of the Solheim Cup were jam-packed for everyone involved. Evidently, nothing less was expected out of a competition as intense as this year’s Solheim Cup. However, these long days of trying to win the highly placed Cup for their country resulted in a lasting feeling of being emotionally and physically drained for Korda.

This can be witnessed as Korda has made the decision to not play in either the LPGA Tour or the Ladies European Tour this week. The famous professional golfer’s name seems to be missing from the roster of both the LPGA’s upcoming Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, and the Ladies European Tour’s Lacoste Ladies Open de France’s Tournament entries.


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This break has surely left Korda’s fans waiting to see their favorite pro golfer back at her feet, however, it is not an unexpected one. Nelly’s sheer determination in the Solheim days led her to play a total of 18 holes on the first day, followed by 36 holes on the second day, and another 18 holes on the last day. Considering she played a total of 72 holes in a matter of only three days, being physically drained is only a logical implication that follows.

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After pouring so much energy and dedication into something and not getting the result that you so dearly wanted can surely be disheartening and emotionally draining. Nelly Korda, for one, is known to share glimpses of her life as a professional golfer online.


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The American national golfer shares her memories post every event she plays, however, this time around Korda seemed to not have made any such posts. Some have also attributed this to her possibly being disappointed as her team did not bring the Solheim Cup home this year.

Nelly and her heartbreaking loss at the 2023 Solheim Cup

Despite Nelly Korda and her team’s concerted efforts, Team USA did not bring home the trophy third time in a row. The face-off between Nelly Korda and Carlotta Ciganda was an intense one. Ciganda ended up winning the game and bringing the Solheim Cup home again.


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While the game ended in a victory for Europe, it ended in heartbreak for America. This must have especially impacted Nelly Korda as she was the one trying to save the country’s honor and bring the Solheim Cup home at the end. However, the defeat came as a disappointment to Team USA.

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Written by:

Daiemah Malik


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Daiemah is a dedicated golf writer at EssentiallySports with a profound passion for the game. Her admiration for golf extends beyond her professional life. Nelly Korda's excellence and Tiger Woods' legendary career have left an indelible mark on her golfing journey.
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Sherjeel Malik