LANCASTER, Dad. — Nelly Korda strolled off Rock Ocean side's famous eighteenth green last July and entered the scoring tent. She included up the numbers her scorecard, twofold checked to ensure they were right and endorsed at the base. At that point, it became official: Korda had posted the most terrible expert round of her U.S. Ladies' Open profession, a 10-more than 80.

After ten months, and 2,800 miles toward the east, Korda copied that faux pas. The setting might've been unique — the field of Pennsylvania rather than the shores of the Pacific — however the outcome was no different either way.

This time, the sting should sting more regrettable than most. Korda entered the current year's U.S. Ladies' Open amidst a noteworthy season, one that saw her success six competitions in eight beginnings (counting a significant!). In any case, on the initial Thursday of the greatest occasion in ladies' golf, all she could gather was another 10-more than 80.

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"Simply a terrible day in the workplace," Korda expressed unassumingly. "I recently continued to make intruder."

There were six squares on her card on Thursday (she made three birdies, as well), however it was the solitary "other" that characterized her grievous day at Lancaster Nation Club.

Following her 8:13 a.m. tee time off No. 10 close by Nasa Hataoka and Megan Khang, the triplet's speed immediately came to a standstill. Not just in light of the firm circumstances that were unleashing destruction on the field, yet in addition due to the malevolent standard 3 twelfth.

The 180-yard opening plays from a raised tee down to a shallow green nearly 50 feet underneath. The putting surface highlights an extreme back-to-front pitch (an exemplary quality of William Flynn plans) with a misleading front running into a stream protecting the green. At the point when Lancaster last facilitated the USWO in 2015, there were 31 duplicates made on the opening, the greater part of any on the course. It didn't take long for the opening to indeed influence the title.

At the point when Korda's gathering showed up at the opening (their third of the day) the gathering ahead was at that point perceiving how troublesome it can play. Beginner sensation Ingrid Lindblad found the water with her tee shot, in the end making a twofold intruder 5, while professionals Gabby Lopez and Jiyai Shin both missed the green too. Meanwhile, Korda's gathering looked out for the tee box for their chance to play. At the point when it was at last chance to hit, "25 to 30 minutes" had passed, as indicated by Korda's assessment.

"I simply didn't actually have any idea what to hit," Korda said. "I sort of teed it up behind the tee box a little one club length back. I hit a 6-iron and it only sort of entered through the breeze."

The club determination ended up being disastrous. Rather than choosing the green, her ball got comfortable the back dugout. To exacerbate the situation, there was a little leaf straightforwardly under her ball. At the point when she sprinkled her shot onto the green, it didn't have the legitimate snatch, and the best anyone could hope for at that point was to weakly look as her ball streamed off the front of the green and into the water.

"At the point when I hit, it sort of soared through," she said. "Couldn't make a difference with that."

She then dropped on the contrary side of the rivulet, just to leave her chip shot short and watch it fold once more into the spring. She rehashed the miscue a couple of seconds after the fact, dropping into a crushed hunker in dismay. After she at long last got her ball to choose the green, she two-putted for a septuple-intruder 10.

"Making a 10 on a standard 3 will not really help you for certain at a U.S. Open," she said.

A little more than an hour subsequent to jump starting looking for her second-back to back significant title, Korda's title trusts were in essence broken.

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Korda entered for this present week as the weighty number one. Not just due to the memorable hot streak she was riding, yet additionally on account of the kind of test this course would introduce.

With long openings, thick harsh, raised greens and prepared out fairways, Lancaster Nation Club vowed to be a legitimate U.S. Open test. Simply the most elite would have the option to endure 72 openings. Also, in 2024, nobody has been exceptional than Korda.

The thought process was sufficiently legitimate. Korda is the best player on the planet, and her assets coordinate with the abilities generally tried at significant titles. In the event that there were ever a reliable pick to win a golf competition, Nelly Korda at the U.S. Ladies' Open was it.

That the golf world in general was so bullish on Korda's possibilities was not erroneous in a vacuum. However, while taking a gander at the world No. 1's profession in the public title — and in other LPGA occasions — it provides justification for an opportunity to stop and think.

USGA occasions have for some time been known for their unbearably troublesome arrangements and demanding tests. Throughout recent years, everything except one U.S. Ladies' Open hero has completed single-digits under standard, and there have been only four champions twofold digits under standard since the turn of the 100 years.

What difference does this make? Indeed, Korda has made considerably more progress on arrangements that are significantly more birdie-accommodating, where standard is seen not as the objective but rather as a botched opportunity to go further under standard. This is something contrary to the U.S. Open ethos. In the toil it-out, endurance test that is placed on by the yearly by the USGA, standard is consistently your companion.

In everything except two of Korda's LPGA wins (counting her two significant titles), her triumphant score has been twofold digits under standard. In another occasion, she was nine under, while the other success came in the match-play design. Korda has always lost when she's been compelled to crush it out, make standards and outlive the field.

Checking her U.S out. Ladies' Open history, this subject turns out as expected. In her nine past beginnings, she's done inside the main 10 just two times — in 2018 and 2022. In both those years, the champ completed twofold digits under standard, with Sandbar Brook and Pine Needles playing as two of the least demanding U.S. Ladies' Opens in late memory.

All in all, when the arrangements have been at their hardest, Korda has not made a lot of progress. That topic proceeded with Thursday at Lancaster Nation Club.

From the second Korda strolled off the twelfth green, she seemed to be an altogether unique golf player. The game that she'd made look so natural for the beyond five months was at long last hitting back. No longer hit the fairway look straightforward. All things considered, she looked human.

"That is golf, man," said her mentor, Jamie Mulligan, behind the eighteenth green. "It's a hard game."

Awful shots were trailed by one-gave completions. Missed putts highlighted murmuring softly. At the point when Korda yanked a crash into the left harsh on the standard 5 seventh, she dropped the club in disdain, frowning at her driver on the ground that had out of nowhere double-crossed her.

An even-standard back nine, highlighting three birdies, showed purposes behind confidence, yet she was unable to stay away from the intruder. A three-putt at the ninth was the keep going square on her card and guaranteed a second-consecutive U.S. Ladies' Open round during the 80s.

"I recently continued to make intruder," Korda said. "My last two rounds in the U.S. Ladies' Open have not been great."

At the point when she rose up out of scoring, Korda confronted the media for a speedy recap of her day. Her spirits were high (taking into account the conditions), however there was a twinge of trouble in her voice. With the stakes at their most noteworthy, her game had out of nowhere deserted her.

She went directly to the reach straightaway, deferring lunch for an additional 45 minutes as she and Mulligan looked for replies, beating a large number of balls into the Pennsylvania sky.

"I'm human," Korda said. "Today was only a terrible day. That is all I can say."