BELMONT, Mich. — Defending champion Nelly Korda, making only her second start after surgery to correct a blood clot in her left arm sidelined her for three months, played in the afternoon on Thursday at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, the more difficult portion of the day, and shot 5-under 67.
Overall, the World No. 2 was pleased with the effort. She had to scramble on her opening hole just to walk away with bogey, but said avoiding a double set a good tone for her day. From there, she made seven birdies (including birdies at 17 and 18) against only one more bogey.
“Made seven birdies and two bogeys in the wind, so I’m pretty happy with that,” Korda said.
Her 67 marked her 12th consecutive round in the 60s at Blytheville Country Club, where last year she shot a third-round, 10-under 62 and eventually set the tournament record in relation to par (25-under). She and Brooke Henderson share the tournament scoring mark of 263 (Henderson doing it when Blytheville played as a par 71).
“I just really enjoy being here,” Korda said. “I like the golf course and I like the atmosphere.”
This week, she also enjoys the road into the clubhouse, featuring a sidepost that reads Nelly Korda Drive.