World number 1 Nelly Korda got off to a slow start in Day 1 of the Amundi Evian Championship. However, her round took a particularly unusual turn on her final hole when faced with a difficult bunker shot.
Korda’s ball snuggled up against the back bank of a green bunker on Par-5 ninth, and she jammed the bank on her downswing, completely missing the ball. Then she decided to hit sideways, and her fourth low-barreled shot trickled just around the edge of the hole. She would continue to bogey and open with a 3-over 74, nine shots back at leaders Yealimi Noh and Pajaree Anannarukarn.
Ouch! Nelly Korda just missed the ball on her final hole from a bunker and hit the bench first with a difficult stroke. pic.twitter.com/C50Uy3am8Q
– Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols) July 22, 2021
Korda recorded five bogeys on her round and carded a 37 on each side. She hit nine fairways, 12 greens and took 32 putts. The KPMG Women’s PGA Champion’s best result at Evian came in 2019 when she tied for 25th place. This is her fourth appearance at the event.
When asked about the toughest part of Evian Resort Golf Club on Wednesday, Korda spoke about the unpredictability of the place and the importance of keeping a cool head.
“You know, you can take good shots and get a really bad jump and you’re just in an impossible position,” she said. “You can hit a bad shot and it’ll trickle up there and you sink it for birdie. So it’s more of a mental aspect and just knowing what to miss.
Photos: Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda, from junior golf to LPGA fame