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Comeback After Disaster: Nelly Korda Rides The Andalucia Tides as She Pounces Back, Much to Americans’ Delight

Published 09/22/2023, 5:18 AM EDT

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The foursomes have been going well for the US team in the Solheim Cup so far. Although the team was leading for the most part, the Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz pair were lagging behind their European counterparts.

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There were a lot of sunken faces as Nelly Korda’s first tee shot was sent floating in the water. The bad start could have easily ruined her mood and taken the game downhill. But luckily for her, that did not happen.

Korda turns the tides in her favor


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The Leona Maguire and Anna Nordqvist pair won the first hole, and the American girls stepped up a little to tie the second hole with an even par, leveling with what the Europeans scored. What followed surely put some smiles on the dull Korda fans. 

In the third hole, Korda birdied the hole and the Corpuz-Korda pair negated the European lead with a 1.5-score tie. The opponents scored a par on the par-4 hole, to the 3-stroke birdie the US team scored.


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The duo won the subsequent fourth hole as well and took the lead into their hands. With that, now all four matches in the foursomes round are being led by the US team. 

Putting precision has been an issue for quite a few players in the first session so far. With the burden of pressure to climb up from the initial dip, Korda had to nail the birdie putt without fail. It might look like a simple click, but simpler clicks have missed the hole today. And Korda was relieved to hole the ball without losing the birdie.

While the rest of the team performing well can be a morale boost, it can definitely raise the heat of trying to avoid falling behind the group. On top of it, Korda had another factor pushing down her shoulder. 


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The burden of pressure on Nelly Korda

For Nelly Korda, the incident from last year might have flashed in her mind. Last year, while playing against Madelene Sagstrom at the Solheim Cup, she was about to finish the hole but something happened. The ball stopped just shy of the hole, almost hanging above it. Destiny worked with Nelly Korda. One of her opponents, Madelene Sagstrom, picked up the ball a bit too early and sustained a penalty. 

This time, however, things went smoothly and Korda birdied the hole to get back into the game. After the birdie, Korda approached Corpuz with a smiling face for a fist bump. We will have to wait to see if the duo can sustain the lead they gained after the fourth hole, recovering from the bad start.


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At this rate, the US team looks all set to bring back the cup home. Looks like the Europe team has to step up their game and regather themselves a bit. 

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Written by:

Vignesh K


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Vignesh joined EssentiallySports as a writer through the latest 'ES Draft' recruits. Even though he is just starting out, Vignesh has gone on to prove himself to be one of the most promising writers in golf. His passion for the sport is often reflected in his writing, especially when it comes to anything with LPGA star Charley Hull.
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Sharan Nair