It was a record-setting day for Meijer LPGA Classic 54-hole leader Nelly Korda. Between the tournament scoring record after three rounds, to the barrage of birdies (11 in total on Saturday), the Rolex Rankings No. 4 had it going on.
Much of the success for Korda this week at Blythefield Country Club can be attributed to missing the cut in her most recent start at the U.S. Women’s Open. It was her first (and only) missed cut so far this year.
“I was listening to Bubba [Watson] talk yesterday [at the U.S. Open] and I’m like, you know, it makes so much sense what they say. We take golf so seriously when you’re out here. You love it so much and you may say, ‘Ohh, it’s just golf,’ but their words struck deep after missing the U.S. Women’s Open a couple weeks ago,” said Korda, who fired a career-best score of 10-under par 62 today. “I just have to realize it is golf. There’s going to be a lot more tournaments ahead of me. I’m going to miss a lot more cuts, I bet you that. As long as I’m learning from each situation. I think that’s the most important thing.”
Korda will be the hunted on Sunday in Belmont, Mich. She takes a three-shot lead into the final round at 20-under par overall. If she has learned anything, it is resiliency.
“Missing the cut was hard,” Korda said. “Kind of have to take a step back and look at it in a sense of how Bubba [Watson] and [Matthew] Wolff were saying. It’s golf. At the end of the day, just enjoy it. Have fun because you’re lucky to be out here.
“So, kind of new perspective in a way. It takes someone to say it out loud for you to realize it deep down inside, but when you play well throughout the season, you just put so much pressure on yourself.”