Nelly Korda steals highlight the final 2 tournaments of yr

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lee Trevino was holding court docket on the apply vary on the PNC Championship as solely he can, mixing swing recommendation with Merry Mex humor. He stopped to observe one participant swing.

It was Nelly Korda, and he joined a rising fan membership.

“These boys higher be comfortable you are on the LPGA,” Trevino referred to as out to her.

Korda has performed the PNC Championship twice together with her father and has finished lots to boost her profile. She was giddy upon assembly Tiger Woods final yr and enjoying with Trevino. This time, all eyes had been on her candy swing.

Jordan Spieth’s recommendation to his father earlier than the primary spherical was to “swing like Nelly.” On Sunday, Spieth was nonetheless raving about her, evaluating the effectivity of her swing with Adam Scott.

“I believe she solely hit three photographs that did not go precisely the place she was aiming,” Spieth stated of their pairing the primary spherical.

It capped a giant two weeks for Korda, a contented ending to a yr during which she missed 4 months due to a blood clot in her arm. The earlier week was the QBE Shootout, the place she performed with Denny McCarthy.

Max Homa puzzled how she ever misplaced on the LPGA Tour and stated it was a testomony to the opposite gamers on the ladies’s tour “that anybody may even sniff beating her.”

Kevin Kisner took it a step additional: “I believe I referred to as her the Tiger Woods of the LPGA Tour at one level. She’s hit each shot similar to she needs to for eight holes.

“Like does she hit a nasty shot? I do not know, I’ve by no means seen her hit a nasty shot.”

Korda deflected the eye and shared it together with her tourmates.

“It has been actually cool to see the type of suggestions that I’ve gotten from the blokes,” she stated. “They need to come out to an LPGA occasion and watch all the women play on the market as a result of they’re going to be equally impressed with everybody on the market.”

MASTER’S PUSH

Louis Oosthuizen had a fourth straight yr with out profitable anyplace on the planet. A tie for seventh two weeks in the past within the Alfred Dunhill Championship may find yourself feeling like a win.

That consequence will land him at No. 50 on the planet rating on the finish of the yr and a spot within the Masters, as a result of Augusta Nationwide introduced Tuesday it could hold the identical qualifying standards as final yr.

Dean Burmester might have bumped Oosthuizen with a win in Mauritius final week, however he missed the lower.

Oosthuizen bumped Daniel Berger, who has been out with a again damage and has not performed for the reason that US Open. Berger, who performed within the final Ryder Cup, was No. 25 on the planet when he stopped enjoying.

Additionally falling out was Harris English, who had hip surgical procedure and went from January to June with out enjoying. English was at No. 16 when he stopped enjoying and no. 26 when he returned to the Memorial. He has managed just one prime 10 since then.

Oosthuizen is amongst 16 out of 78 gamers who’re with Saudi-funded LIV Golf and have certified for the Masters beneath the earlier customary. Six of them are previous champions. Six are from the highest 50 on the planet. The opposite 4 have lately gained majors that usually include a five-year exemption to the majors, or made it to East Lake for the Tour Championship.

BEWARE THE INJURED GOLFERS

A part of Mark O’Meara was shocked Tiger Woods did not win the PNC Championship, not despite his damage however due to it.

O’Meara was like a giant brother to Woods when he turned professional in 1996, and he has seen Woods’ nagging well being points not get in the best way. There was that point at Bay Hill in 2003 when Woods had meals poisoning, had the dry heaves all through the ultimate spherical and gained by 11 photographs.

“We’re enjoying Augusta Nationwide in a apply spherical on a Tuesday,” O’Meara stated. “We’re strolling up the fifth fairway and he stated, ‘Hey, MO, did I let you know newest. I believe I’ve a slight tear in my left Achilles tendon.’ That is what he comes up with. I cease and stated, ‘Tiger, actually? I am not a health care provider however I actually imagine if you happen to had a slight tear of your Achilles tendon, you wouldn’t be strolling up this fairway.’

“So I am not a betting man however I informed him, ‘Since you stated that, I’ll wager you are going to win.’ And what? He gained the Masters.”

KORN FERRY BOOST

A troublesome determination for Korn Ferry Tour gamers was giving up per week on the schedule to play within the US Open in the event that they certified. The Wichita Open is identical week because the US Open subsequent yr.

Now that will not be an issue.

The PGA Tour board has accepted a coverage that awards FedEx Cup factors from the US Open to Korn Ferry Tour gamers. These receiving factors have to be lively Korn Ferry members.

Twenty gamers on the Korn Ferry Tour performed at Brookline final yr, and 9 of them made the lower.

“It may be an enormous change for Korn Ferry Tour gamers, simply not having to determine whether or not they need to play on the Korn Ferry Tour or within the US Open,” stated Taylor Montgomery, who speaks from expertise.

Montgomery tied for 57th within the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines. He wound up twenty sixth on the ultimate Korn Ferry Tour factors record, lacking a PGA Tour card by one spot.

SLUMAN FOR PRICE

The USGA confirmed it wished extra perspective from gamers when Nick Worth turned the primary participant to hitch the manager committee. Worth is able to step down after 5 years, and that function is being handed to former PGA champion Jeff Sluman.

“They need enter and it is not window dressing,” Sluman stated. “They wish to know what an ex-player thinks and what they present gamers are considering. Nick had the last word in credibility.”

Sluman gained the primary of his six PGA Tour titles within the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree. He nonetheless performs a full PGA Tour Champions schedule at age 65.

Worth served primarily on the competitors and tools requirements committee. He leaves largely happy with the path the US Open goes by varied anchor websites, similar to Oakmont, Pinehurst No. 2, Pebble Seaside and Shinnecock Hills.

“I would wish to really feel I used to be a part of that,” Worth stated. “I careworn to them it is actually necessary to all of us the place we win our majors.”

DIVOTS

The Sentry Event of Champions is the primary of the elevated occasions on the PGA Tour schedule for 2023, and NBC is treating it as such. Lead announcer Dan Hicks and analyst Paul Azinger shall be spending the primary two weeks of the yr in Hawaii. … The American Specific within the California desert is compiling a powerful discipline with Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Will Zalatoris giving it 5 of the highest seven gamers on the planet rating. … The KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship is returning to Sahalee outdoors Seattle in 2024. Brooke Henderson gained the Ladies’s PGA there in 2016 for her first main. … The PGA Tour and European tour have widened international attain by together with the Korean PGA and the Skilled Golf Tour of India to their alliance. The main participant may have entry to a European tour card the next season. In a change beforehand introduced, the main 10 European tour gamers not already exempt can get PGA Tour playing cards.

STATE OF THE WEEK

Tiger Woods tied for eighth within the PNC Championship and made $45,166, his largest test from a golf match this yr.

FINAL WORD

“You possibly can’t get a ticket to this factor. And that tells you that Tiger Woods is enjoying.” — Stewart Cink on the impression of Woods on the PNC Championship.

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