Nelly Korda, the title on everybody’s lips, has been tipped to sufficiently adapt her sport for the vagaries of Carnoustie hyperlinks golf to win a second Main of the 12 months.
Korda is the primary speaking level at this week’s British Women’s Open after backing up PGA Championship success in Atlanta in June by claiming a gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics. But seaside golf is a distinct beast solely, with Carnoustie’s notorious brutality resulting in intrigue over whether or not the 23-year-old Korda can proceed her fantastic run.
“While you have a look at Nelly’s sport she’s clearly very lengthy and likewise correct,” mentioned Lydia Ko, the second favorite to Korda with most bookmakers. “She is a good putter. Her iron management is superb. Her quick sport is nice. I’m going may on and on and on about how nice Nelly’s sport is and she or he has an unbelievable psychological energy, as effectively, on prime of it.
“She already had three wins this 12 months. The Olympics made it 4 and she or he has a bunch of prime 10s. She may be very spectacular. Her sport is a sport the place it doesn’t match one sort of golf course and it undoubtedly can translate effectively to right here the place she is a lot lengthy and likewise correct.
“I’m certain she’s going to have an incredible week. Golf day-in and day-out can really feel completely different, however she’s been enjoying so good and so persistently effectively, so I’m certain she’s one of many names we’ll be seeing. I wouldn’t be shocked if we noticed her across the prime of the leaderboard.”
Not that it will be smart to low cost Ko’s possibilities. Two Main prime 10 finishes, a primary LPGA Tour win for 3 years and an Olympic bronze added to the sense that the New Zealander’s profession can attain nice heights as soon as extra.
Ko, now 24, stays adamant she is going to retire from her sport younger. “I hope to not be enjoying after I’m 34,” she mentioned. “I really like this sport however I really feel like there’s additionally a number of different issues that I want to do in my life.
“I’m simply going to have a very good time and no matter occurs, occurs. Simply not be so result-oriented and luxuriate in my time right here in Carnoustie. This could be the trickiest British Open I’ve performed but. You must be very strategic round right here.”
This event modified the life and profession of Sophia Popov when performed at Troon in 2020. From a earlier place of 304th on the planet, the German gained the Main comparatively comfortably. Popov will start her defence as world No 28 and with a Solheim Cup debut simply weeks away.
“It’s somewhat bit emotional popping out right here and it’s clearly a very cool venue,” Popov mentioned. “You solely realise it when you get on website and also you do see your face all over the place. You realise: ‘Oh my God, it’s been a 12 months now and that is the occasion that modified a lot for me’. I feel up till final week, it was only a common season and simply preserve enjoying, preserve enjoying. After which as soon as I form of set foot out right here, it was like: ‘Okay, I’m coming right here to really get pleasure from this week, you recognize, no matter what occurs’.”
Popov made her British Women’s Open debut at Carnoustie a decade in the past, tying 67th. “I didn’t actually realise fairly as a lot in 2011 how robust the ultimate stretch actually is, in order that’s form of one thing that’s undoubtedly noticeable this 12 months,” Popov added. – Guardian