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Korda is seeking an LPGA record sixth straight Founders Cup victory

Top-ranked Nelly Korda, who has won her second major title, will try to earn a record sixth consecutive LPGA victory at this week’s Founders Cup in suburban New York.

The 25-year-old American tied Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez for the all-time record of five victories by winning last month’s Chevron championship and beating Sweden’s Maja Stark by two strokes in the first women’s major championship of the year.

Reigning Olympic champion Korda arrives at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey, after two weeks off, saying she hasn’t had time to focus on what six in a row would mean.

“I didn’t think about it at all because I had so much to do those two weeks,” said Korda’, whose week also included attending the Met Gala in Manhattan. “I had the Met on Monday, so I haven’t had much time to think about it.”

Korda, the daughter of Czech tennis legend Petr Korda, recalled two missed cuts at events in New Jersey last year.

“I’m really just going to try it once and see how it goes,” she said. “This golf course is tough. It is very narrow from the tee. The rough conditions are very taxing and it is wet this year so it is even worse.

“I just shouldn’t get too ahead of myself and give it a try. No matter how boring it sounds, or how many times you hear me say it, that is the motto and I stand by it.”

Korda, the first American player to win five LPGA titles in one season since Juli Inkster in 1999, was star struck on the Met Gala red carpet.

“It was so crazy,” she said. “You’re lining up to get on the carpet and it’s like you see all these people you normally watch in TV shows or movies and famous singers and you’re in awe the whole time. I just sat quietly looking at everyone’s dresses.”

“Everyone was really great. The dresses were incredible and the whole evening was just a dream come true.”

Korda said no one recognized her, adding, “I guess I’m just a grain of sand in such a big room.”

You won’t often see her in the sand on the golf course these days.

Korda began her historic winning streak at the Drive On Championship in January in her hometown of Bradenton, Florida, then took a break before winning three times in as many weeks: at the Seri Pak and Ford Championships in March and in the Match Play April tournament.

– ‘Simplify it’ –
Two weeks later, a second major victory followed her first at the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship. Now, three weeks after Chevron, Korda is taking her ‘Keep it simple’ strategy to epic levels.

“When I’m home I definitely practice a lot more and try to work on technique,” ​​she said. “When I’m here, I keep it simple by not overdoing it too much. Going out, checking out the golf course, doing my work with my caddy, choosing a game plan, and that’s it.

“I’ve gotten too caught up in coming out in the past and thought I had to do something extra, even though I had already done my work for this event. It’s time to just see my photos and run them. So I tried to simplify it.”

Among the LPGA pioneers honored this week is Pat Bradley, who said she is rooting for Korda to win her sixth straight start.

“All eyes are on her. It’s going to be tough. It will be a challenge for Nelly,” said Bradley.

“I’m sure she can’t wait for the bell to ring and get into those ropes and concentrate like she does. But this is when it gets interesting.”

Agence France-Presse