World No. 1 Nelly Korda started slowly on Day 1 of the Amundi Evian Championship. His turn took a particularly unusual turn on his last hole, however, facing some tough bunker shot.
Korda’s ball nestled near the back edge of a bunker on the green on the ninth par-5, and she cut the bank on her downswing, causing her to miss the ball completely. She then opted to strike to the side, and her fourth low-stroke hit sank just to the bangs beyond the hole. She would bogey and finish with an open 3 of 74, nine shots behind leaders Yealimi Noh and Pajaree Anannarukarn.
Korda recorded five bogeys up his sleeve, with a 37 on each side. She hit nine fairways, 12 greens and hit 32 putts. The KPMG Women’s PGA champion’s best result in Evian came in 2019 when she finished tied for 25th. This is his fourth participation in the event.
Asked Wednesday about the most difficult part of the Evian Resort Golf Club, Korda spoke of the unpredictability of the place and the importance of keeping a cool head.
“You know you can hit good shots and you get a really bad rebound and you’re just in an impossible position,” she said. “You can hit a bad shot and it trickles up there and you sink it for a birdie. So it’s more like a mental aspect and also just knowing where to miss.