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Awkward Days Are Long Gone: Nelly Korda Fills In Big Sister Jessica’s Shoes Amid Her Absence in the Enemy Territory

Published 09/22/2023, 9:25 AM EDT

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The grandest battle on the female golf circuit began a few hours ago. The Solheim Cup at the Finca Cortesin in Andalusia, Spain, is what everyone is talking about. The powerhouses of golf are all present on the field to make their nation proud.

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Everyone has a deep trust in these golfers, and one of them who has always been highly regarded for her golfing skills is Nelly Korda. Yes, ‘the American Sweetheart’ is part of the American squad, and this is not her first time in the Solheim Cup. However this time, Nelly has one more duty in addition to winning for the country.

Nelly Korda is without her support system this time


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This is the third time Nelly Korda has participated in the Solheim Cup. But this is also the first time she is without her support, her sister Jessica Korda. The older sister is expecting her first child and taking a break from the game. And now, without her sister, Nelly is more aware of her game. She discussed how she felt when she was a rookie and used to play with her sister in the biennial event. 

A reporter questioned Nelly during the pre-game press conference about the spirit Jessica brought to the US squad. She remarked that Jessica is an expert and more informed and she became more composed and at ease in her presence. ”She’s a veteran, so a lot of knowledge. For me, it was just a sense of being calm or a sense of comfort when I played with her,” said the younger Korda.


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Nelly proceeded by saying that playing with her sister was ultimately what was most important. ”At the end of the day, I got to play with my best friend. She has a spunky, very outgoing personality, so I think she brought that to the team room,” said Korda.

But looking at her game in enemy territory, we can easily say Nelly is filling Jessica’s shoes now, and her awkward rookie days are long gone.

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Nelly was paired with Allisen Corpuz, a newbie this year, for the foursome match. Korda and Corpuz were up against Leona Maguire and Anna Nordqvist. And both of the US warriors had been on a high in their matches. Despite the fact that the European team won the opening hole, Korda and Corpuz won the game by a two-up score.

After the incredible win, the American pair gave a quick interview about their winning game. The report lauded her for the excellent guidance she provided to Corpuz, and now that this is her third time in the Solheim Cup, Korda is qualified to be called a veteran. Korda said she will be honored to represent the US whenever the opportunity arises. ”Anytime I get to represent star and stripe, it’s the biggest honor,” said Korda with the proudest smile.


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It is so good to see Korda getting her form on. And this Cup will definitely make her more confident now that she is fighting all alone without the support of her older sister.

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Written by:

Rajnandini Rathore


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Rajnandini is a promising addition to the team as a Golf writer. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers who is an avid golf enthusiast. With Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson being her entry into the fandom of the sport, Rajnandini believes LIV Golf is the future of the sport.
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