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Sports news |  After her performance on the red carpet at the Met Gala, Nelly Korda joins Cognizant for the sixth time in a row
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Sports news | After her performance on the red carpet at the Met Gala, Nelly Korda joins Cognizant for the sixth time in a row


Clifton (USA), May 9 (AP) Things have been going well for Nelly Korda lately, that’s for sure.

The 25-year-old has won a record five tournaments in a row. She has the No. 1 ranking in the world, along with the 2024 lead in revenue, scoring average and points toward the Player of the Year award. And what’s more, earlier this week she was able to fulfill a childhood dream by walking the red carpet at the Met Gala.

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Korda will attempt to become the first woman to win six consecutive LPGA starts when play in the 72-hole Cognizant Founders Cup gets underway Thursday at Upper Montclair Country Club.

“To be honest, I didn’t think about it at all because I had so much to do those two weeks,” said Korda, who hasn’t played since winning the Chevron Championship in Texas. “Then obviously I had the Met yesterday (or Monday), so I didn’t have much time to think about it.”

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In winning her second career major two weeks ago, Korda tied Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam (2004-05) and Nancy Lopez (1978) for most consecutive tournament wins. Byron Nelson is golf’s all-time record holder with eleven straight wins in 1945.

The normally reserved Korda insisted she doesn’t think that far ahead, noting that it can lead down a deep rabbit hole.

Although she was off for the past two weeks, Korda said she was never far away from her game despite catching up on sleep and spending a lot of time on the couch.

“There are two sides to it,” she said. “When I’m at home, I obviously practice a lot more and try to work on my technique. When I’m here, I keep it simple by not overdoing it too much. Going out, checking out the golf course, doing my work with my caddy, choosing a game plan, and that’s it.

Korda said in the past that she would show up to events and do too much. Now she knows she’s done the work ahead of time and it’s only time to implement it when an event starts.

The winning streak had an unexpected upside this week when Korda received an invite to the Met Gala.

“It was so, so crazy,” she said. “You’re standing in line to get on the carpet and it’s like you see all these people that you normally see on TV shows or movies, and they look like famous singers and you’re under the spotlight the whole time.” impression. For me this is the best people watching. I sat quietly looking at everyone’s dresses.”

Korda was given a number of Oscar de la Renta dresses to try on, and she apparently opted for a long-sleeved dress.

Twenty minutes before she walked the carpet, she had a golf moment, like when the wind picks up before she heads to the green. The 9 iron became a pitching wedge.

“I saw this amazing red dress and I changed my whole look probably 20 minutes before I started getting ready,” Korda said. “I turned it on for everyone. It’s just, I mean, this is me. This is me, with my visor on and golf gear on. This is my comfort zone. It was really fun to step outside my comfort zone and do something like that.”

However, it was neat and like everything Korda has done on the golf course, it was a perfect choice.

“I never thought I would ever be able to attend the Met Gala,” Korda said. “As a girl growing up I saw it and was just in awe of all the dresses. Being on the red or green carpet was a dream come true.”

Korda hasn’t done well in New Jersey. She missed the cut in this event and the Women’s PGA Championship in Baltusrol in 2023. The Florida native will be paired with defending champion Jin Young Ko of South Korea and 2022 champion Minjee Lee of Australia for the first two rounds. Lee lost in a play-off with Ko last year.

Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel, who are here for the event honoring the LPGA Tour’s 13 founders, feel the pressure is on Korda.

“I’m sure she can’t wait for the bell to ring and get on the ropes and concentrate like she does,” Bradley said.

“I watched her win for the fifth time in a row and she said it was the most nervous she had ever been,” Daniel said. “I can only imagine how nerve-wracking this week is going to be.” (AP)

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