Korda hopes to keep spiders in place during the AIG Women’s Championship | LPGA

Ever since she hit the world stage at the age of 14 with bows at the 2013 US Women’s Open presented by ProMedica, people have been wondering if anything gets Nelly Korda excited. Every step you take has a cool vibe about it – Clint Eastwood bragged no matter what’s going on around her. You almost expect her to answer every question with “Go ahead, make my day fit.”

Even the winds of East Lothian, whose media center Muirfield fluttered like a mainsail on Tuesday, couldn’t stir the 24-year-old Rolex’s No. 3 ranking.

But one thing made her heart pound after her training run at the famous Bonds course.

“You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get out of here,” Korda said in her usual calm manner. “We were very lucky to see the sun and because it was calm yesterday. Honestly it was a very beautiful day…”

Then, out of nowhere, I screamed, “Oh, my God, that’s a huge spider in here!”

The spider in question wasn’t that big, at least not by Brazilian, African, or Australian standards. It was not a tarantula. But it was great to finally see what emotionally rises up from Korda, who is almost impossible to read inside the ropes.

“I don’t like spiders,” she said, looking around the interview table for Charlotte’s Web. “It’s unsettling when it goes away. That’s when I don’t like it, somewhere under the desk. I saw some spiders this week. Lots of Daddy-Longlegs here. I was like, OK, that’s not the kind of situation I want to be in here.”

R&A’s Olivia Macmillan was sitting next to Nellie during a spider’s veil. Macmillan is a native of Australia where spiders can be as big as your foot. “I think Nelly is safe with an Australian sitting next to her,” MacMillan said.

This prompted Korda to say, “The fact that he has disappeared is concerning.”

Less worrisome to former World No. 1 are the winds and weather in the Firth of Forth. On this front, Korda remains calm.

“I played in a nice little atmosphere yesterday (Monday),” said Korda. “I played all 18, so it affected all of them. It’s a really great golf course. You never know the weather here. It’s good to get all of that before you start on Thursday to see how the golf course can play so many different ways.”

In five games at the AIG Women’s Open, Korda’s best achievement was a ninth-place tie in 2019. However, she says she enjoys the challenges and twists of golf.

“Honestly, I enjoy playing because it’s so much fun,” she said. “You often use a different kind of creativity in (links) golf. I think it’s very similar maybe to some of the golf courses I’ve played in Australia, but I don’t have much experience playing links golf. So every time I come in, I try to soak up everything” .

Muirfield was the site of one of the game’s most significant weather events, a two-hour storm that blasted off the North Sea on the Friday of The Open Championship in 2002. The rain felt like boulders as it blew sideways. One of the women, whose parachute caught in the wind, actually crashed to the ground. Two players could not reach the second lane and targeted the walking path because the wind was too strong. Caught in the middle, Tiger Woods fired an 82, his worst result in a major at the time.

As for this week’s weather, which will likely give players all four seasons in one week, Korda can’t wait to take on tough conditions.

“We get a lot of wind in Florida,” she said. “I’m near the water (in Bradenton), so it’s obviously warmer there, which I prefer to play in. But I love playing in the wind. Again, I think it’s a great test of your creativity and your golf game, and it’s so much fun.”

“I definitely wouldn’t do that every week, but I really enjoy playing links golf.”

Corda will definitely be Muirfield’s favorite…especially if the spiders stay away.