Nelly Korda has a new coach in the middle of her breakout season

Nelly Korda has a new coach in the middle of her breakout season

Naples, Florida. – Nelly Korda won her first major championship, climbed to world number one for the first time in her career and topped it by winning an Olympic gold medal.

That didn’t stop her striving to get better, which is why she has a new coach.

After her fourth win on the LPGA Tour of the year, the 23-year-old American said she started working a few weeks ago with Jimmy Mulligan, a longtime professional at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, California, whose main client is Patrick Cantlay. .

Korda said she’s “walking around” in search of a new coach, an apt choice of words because Mulligan is a surfer at heart when he’s not doing his day job.

Why Mulligan? It starts with her sister Jessica.

“I know Jess is really good friends with Patrick Cantlay, and I don’t know, I kind of surfed,” Korda said. “I thought of a couple of the coaches and loved his demeanor. I like the way he’s super positive. I think we just kind of clicked from day one and I really enjoy being around him.”

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She said she still uses longtime coach David Whelan for her short match.

Korda says she doesn’t do much with her swing because it’s in the middle of the season. The CME Group Tour is the last official event of the year, and she also plays with her father, former Australian Open tennis champion Peter Korda, at the PNC Tournament in December.

“I definitely know my golf swing. I have kind of become obsessed with it in the last couple of years.” “I think it’s very important because you’re kind of on your own week in a week out to be your own coach in some way and you kind of know a few things about him.

“But I think it’s also very important to have direction and to have someone to rely on.”

Million dollar reward

Former Australian PGA Champion Hannah Greene has earned $974,350 over the past two years combined on the LPGA Tour.

She raised $1 million on Tuesday for playing it in 5 Seconds.

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Green and Matthew Wolff have been officially honored on the PGA Tour for the Aon Risk-Reward Challenge, which offers $1 million to the player per round who has the lowest average score over a given average of 5 each week.

Greene’s performance was impressive. I made a bird 74% of the time in the custom holes, I made the eagle 9% of the time and it was never worse than a standard.

It was not an accident.

Green said she looked at the LPGA Tour’s weekly fact sheet to find out the loophole in the risk-reward challenge and made sure she trained and considered her options. She has added more length to her game and can hit the green for most 5-by-2 values.

But she didn’t bother racing until a friend pointed out at the Women’s British Open in August that she was leading the race.

“With seven or eight events left in the year, anything can really happen, so I was definitely paying attention to the last three or four,” Green said. “When I played in Korea, I made two birds, which is what I needed to do. I’m not very emotional when I’m on the golf course. I don’t really catch on pumping much or high five with the can. But that was a big moment.”

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Own pays men and women equally, but official funds differ greatly. Wolf placed 47th on the PGA Tour money list last season and won just over $2.5 million. Green is ranked 35th on the LPGA Tour money list this season with $531,507.

She referred to reward as a life-changing factor, and this begins with real estate.

“I really wanted to buy a house during the holiday season,” she said. “It is very difficult to buy homes in Australia, especially as a non-recurring sports person, as well as foreign income. So somehow for me life is going to change. I could almost pay off my house and not have a mortgage, so it prepares me for after I finish playing golf. “.

Seaford Prize

Renee Powell is the inaugural winner of the Charlie Seaford Award, established by the World Golf Hall of Fame to honor those who have developed diversity in the game of golf.

Powell will be honored on March 9th alongside Lifetime Achievement Awards (Dick Ferris and Peter Oberroth) and Induction Category of the Year award winners from Tiger Woods, Tim Finchim, Marion Hollins and Susie Maxwell Burning.

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Powell was the second black woman to compete on the LPGA Tour (1967-1980). For the past twenty-five years, she has served as Chief Pro at Clearview Golf Club in Ohio, which her father William Powell established in 1946 as the first American course designed, built, owned and operated by a black man.

“When I was young, my parents struggled to see me in tournaments when I was not welcomed because of the color of my skin, which instilled in me how important it is to get young people into the game to help build their self-confidence,” Powell said. “I am honored to be the first to receive this award and to see Charlie Seaford being honored for breaking the barriers that should never have been placed in front of him and all the other people of color who have strived so hard to play this game.”

Sifford fought the PGA League of America’s “Caucasian Clause Only” and became the first black member in 1960. He went on to win twice, including the Los Angeles Open which now offers a sponsor exemption to his name. In 2004, he became the first black player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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This is how it ends

According to the PGA Tour, Jason Kokrak is the fifth player since 1983 to score 41 or higher on nine holes and still win the championship. He played his last seven holes in 7 above a tie as he completed the second round of the Houston Open on Saturday morning. He finished in rounds 66-65 to win with two points.

The record since 1983 (when the PGA Tour began keeping more detailed records) belongs to Kenny Knox in a 1986 Honda Classic. Knox shot 42 on the back of a nine-track TPC eagle, which wasn’t terrible considering the wind blew so hard that he No one broke the level that day.

Perhaps the most impressive was Mike Sullivan at the 1989 Houston Open. He shot 41 on his opening nine slot of 76 in the first round. He cut the number and was 13 shots behind and hit 65 on the final day to erase seven deficits and win.

Take down the number with a single shot, and Tiger Woods is impossible to overlook. He shot 40 in the front nine at Augusta National in his first Masters as a professional and went on to win 12 shots.

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DIVOTS

Patrick Cantlay decided not to play the World Champion Challenge, giving him a full three months after the Ryder Cup. He was replaced on the field in the Bahamas by Matt Fitzpatrick. … Stefan Jaeger won the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year. …After two years, the Pelican Women’s Championship is extending its contract with the LPGA Tour for an additional four years and raising next year’s prize money to $2 million. …Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the recipient of the 2022 Golf Ambassador Award that will be presented in July at the Senior Players Championships in Firestone. The award is intended for those who have promoted the ideals of golf internationally.

status of the week

Martin Trainer tied for fifth and took home $289,688 at the Houston Open. In his previous 70 championships, he made $229,385.

last word

“I would say golf is really tough and I need more practice.” – Jin Young Koo, when asked what she’s learned about herself in a season of four wins on the LPGA Tour.

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This story has been corrected to show that it was Matt Fitzpatrick, not Sam Burns, who replaced Patrick Cantlay in the World Champion Challenge in the Bahamas.

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