Nelly Korda BRUTALLY misses cut at KPMG Women's PGA Championship

World No. 2 Nelly Korda had a rough time at Baltusrol this week.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023
Nelly Korda BRUTALLY misses cut at KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Every player has an off-week every once in a while, but Nelly Korda probably wishes it wasn't during a major championship.

This week is the second major of the 2023 LPGA Tour season with the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

For the first time in the history of the event, it's being played at the storied Baltusrol Golf Club which has hosted countless other major golf championships.

Korda, 24, came into this week as the World No. 2, right behind Jin Young Ko.

Ko has held the top spot for a total of 158 weeks throughout her career, and would set a new record if she holds onto it after this week.

While Korda is no doubt one of the best golfers in the world right now, the young star has been struggling recently with a back injury.

She last played in the Cognizant Founders Cup in mid-May where she missed the cut after rounds of 72 and 74.

Shortly after, she announced she had withdrawn from the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open to deal with pain in her back.

In an Instagram story, she wrote:

"Never fun or easy news to share but I have made the decision to withdraw from next week's tournament at the advice of my medical team to address pain in my back. We are working on a treatment plan to ensure I'm back to 100% soon for the remainder of the exciting season ahead. Thank you everyone for the support."

This week's tournament was her first one back since the withdrawal, and Korda didn't appear to have her typical form at the New Jersey course.

The eight-time LPGA Tour winner shot rounds of 76 and 77 to miss the cut by six strokes after recording a 36-hole total of 11-over par.

Leona Maguire, who won her second LPGA Tour event last week, took the second-round lead after a 68 on Friday.

At 5-under par, she now holds a one-stroke edge over three players, including Mel Reid whose 67 on Friday tied the lowest round of the day.

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