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Walton Heath 2023

Homework for Nelly Korda


World number one heading to putting green ahead of final round

Nelly Korda reads a putt at Walton Heath

Nelly Korda will spend time on the putting green before Sunday after giving herself a low grade for her third-round performance with the flat stick.

The world number one mixed five birdies with four bogeys – including three-putts on 13 and 14 – as she signed for a 69 to move to four-under for the Championship.

Finishing her round just three shots behind second-round leader Ally Ewing, Korda knows she could have been a lot closer had her putter been slightly warmer.

Nelly Korda on day three of the AIG Women's Open

She said: “Tee-to-green [I did] really well. Putting, I'd probably give myself a D.

“I started off pretty well and then on the back nine, I just kind of started making more mistakes with the short stick.

“I’ll head to the putting green and try to figure it out again.

“But overall, I would say I moved up on moving day, and conditions were tough and I'll take that.”

Conditions were indeed tricky as Walton Heath felt the brunt of the south-westerly winds.

However, it did not appear to impact Korda early on as she reached five-under for the day courtesy of four birdies on the front nine and an eagle on 11.

“I was lucky the flagstick was there,” she reflected.

“I hit it really good off the tee, hit a really nice 7-wood in and that green is just so fast. It just ran through the green.

“My chip was kind of sitting down, and I knew that it was not going to release much on the green, so I tried to be a little bit aggressive with it. I was a little too aggressive but thankfully the flagstick stopped it.”