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Nelly Korda’s Dominance Celebrated by LPGA Tour Peers

London, May 24, 2024, The Europe Today: Nelly Korda’s recent withdrawal from an LPGA Tour event prompted a playful message from fellow golfer Georgia Hall, who texted, “Thanks for giving us a chance.” Korda, currently at the top of the world rankings with double the points of her nearest competitor, Lilia Vu, has won six of her last seven tournaments, including the Chevron Championship.

Hall, ranked 32nd in the world, believes Korda’s dominance is beneficial for women’s golf. “In a way, I hope it continues because it’s just amazing to see,” Hall commented. “Six out of seven is just unbelievable. It’s great for the game. Although we obviously want to win, for her to keep winning like she is, it’s just doing great things for us, promoting the tournaments and the Tour in general.”

Despite her own achievements, Hall remains committed to balancing her LPGA Tour career with her life in the UK. “I’ll try and do three weeks in a row. I don’t want to do more because that’s tough,” the 28-year-old said, reflecting on the challenges of playing away from home. “I love being home and love being in the UK, and that’s never going to change.”

Hall is preparing for the upcoming US Women’s Open, followed by the PGA Championship in June and the Evian Championship in July. She also eagerly anticipates returning to St Andrews for the AIG Women’s Open in August, a course she holds dear after her debut there in 2013 and a memorable “Celebration of Champions” event in 2022, where she played alongside legends Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Trevino.

Reflecting on her experience, Hall said, “I got a call saying that I’m paired with Tiger, and I just could not believe it. I was so nervous. I’m so grateful to the R&A for putting me in that group. It was just a dream of mine.”

Hall’s first visit to St Andrews saw her win the Women’s Open Silver Medal as the joint best amateur. “I played solidly that week,” she recalled. “I putt the best on links greens in general but I just don’t get to play it a lot. I’m really looking forward to putting on greens that don’t have a lot of slope. You have to hit it firm to the hole.”

Looking ahead, Hall hopes for typical British weather during the AIG Women’s Open to showcase the course’s true challenge. “I hope we don’t have good weather because it’s not showing the golf course at its best. Like any kind of Open, the weather should be slightly British. Hopefully, we’ll have a bit of wind.”

Hall, who won her only major at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2018, dreams of adding another title at St Andrews. “If I won the US Open this year, it won’t beat my win at Lytham. The only thing that would beat that is if I won here,” she concluded.