Nelly Korda is grouped with Lydia Ko and Charley Hull for the first two rounds of the 2023 AIG Women’s Open in Walton Heath in Surrey, England.
And that’s quite alright with Korda.
“I love Charley, she’s so much fun to be around. I love playing with her. I’ve played a couple practice rounds with her. We’re pretty friendly,” she said during her Wednesday pre-tournament news conference. Then Korda touched on another important aspect of Hull’s game.
“She’s a fast player. I enjoy that.”
Slow play is an on-again, off-again subject in the game at all levels. Just two weeks ago, Carlota Ciganda was docked two strokes for slow play at the previous LPGA major, the Amundi Evian Championship. She was officially disqualified from the event after signing an incorrect scorecard when she refused to acknowledge the two-stroke penalty.
“I think at the end of the day, the Rules of Golf are the Rules of Golf and they should be enforced,” Korda said. “I really like Carlota. She’s a great person. I enjoy playing with her. I am a fast player, but I would say at the end of the day the Rules of Golf are the Rules of Golf, and it’s good that it’s being enforced.”
She said it can “throw off your rhythm as a golfer” to play with slow golfers. It can also be a drag for fans.
“I think it should be monitored. I mean, if I’m being honest, if I was a spectator and I was out here for 5 ½ hours to 6 hours, you know, it’s tough to watch, right. You want to watch a sport that’s continuously moving and not continuously stalling.”