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World No. 1 Rolex player Nelly Korda has been invincible this season. Out of the eight events that she has participated in, she grabbed victory in six of them, failing to do so in only two (the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, and Cognizant Founders Cup). Just as the players of the PGA Tour were scared of having Scottie Scheffler on the field, similar is the case for Korda and the LPGA tour players.

With the second Women’s Major to kickstart in just a few hours, one of the toughest contenders, Hannah Green, who was just 1 stroke behind her at the Mizuho Americas Open, confessed about Korda’s fierce gameplay. Green has won two championships this season, and Nelly Korda was not a part of either field. Knowing how hard it is to win, she shared her concerns about Korda’s strategy.

Hannah Green says Nelly Korda makes it look ‘too easy’

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During the presser before the practice round of the US Women’s Open, Hannah Green spoke about her match with Nelly Korda at the FIR HILLS SERI PAK Championship. Nelly Korda had just grabbed her second victory, and the World No. 5 Rolex player had missed the cut after the second round. Unaware of the fact that Korda was already in contention, and stating how she made the game look so easy, she said, “Like she didn’t make it look like she was a robot. She was hitting some shots that we all hit every once in a while, but she was just making up-and-downs and not making too big a numbers.”

According to Green, that was what scared her all the more. She believes that every year, there is a player at the top of the leaderboard at every tournament, like last year, when it was Lilia Vu. This year, that player is Nelly Korda, and beating her is what she is aiming for.

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Green added, “Trying to beat Nelly is almost what we are trying to aim for because if you beat her, you’re probably going to have the trophy in your hands.” However, reflecting on her sportsmanship, she also revealed how she was scared of the slams that Korda would be up for if she dropped down the leaderboard after such exceptional performances.

What might happen if Nelly Korda does not land in the Top-5?

Nelly Korda was just one win away at the Cognizant Founders Cup to create history and become the first player to win six consecutive victories in one season. However, her dream was snatched away by Rose Zhang, and she finished with a T7 at the championship in May.

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Although she grabbed her sixth victory at the Mizuho Americas Open, knowing how the sport works, Green is worried about what might happen if she fails to fair well in the US Women’s Open. Hannah Green added, “It’s great to see she’s having such a great season, but I hope that when she does not have a win, a top 5, top 10, whatever it is, people don’t slam down on her and think that she’s not playing well. It’s hard to maintain success, whether it’s winning or not winning.”

Back in contention, will Nelly Korda be able to grab her seventh victory of the season and a third major on her hat? Or will Hannah Green be successful in grabbing her third victory of the season? Stay tuned to find out!

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