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Nelly Korda, 23, set to make return in U.S. Women’s Open, ‘so happy to be out here against everyone’

Nelly Korda, 23, set to make return in U.S. Women's Open, 'so happy to be out here against everyone'

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — After being away from aggressive golf since March on account of a blood clot in her left arm, Nelly Korda opened up Tuesday regarding the timeline and rehabilitation of her surgical process as she prepares to make her return to the course inside the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Membership.

In March, Korda expert swelling in her arm whereas at a train in Ponte Vedra Seaside, Florida.

“I merely felt humorous,” she acknowledged at her press conference Tuesday. “I went to the ER, acquired some ultrasounds, found that I had a blood clot, went once more dwelling and seen a specialist.” That led to a course of carried out by Dr. Michael Lepore.

On April 8, Korda launched on her Instagram that the surgical process was worthwhile. The rehab course of that adopted in California included once more and shoulder exercises to help strengthen her left arm and swing as soon as extra.

“I’ve been type of struggling my shoulder a little bit bit proper right here and there for the earlier 12 months,” Korda acknowledged. “So that you understand, I was saying kill two birds with one stone.”

Korda, 23, acknowledged she started hitting balls as soon as extra throughout the end of April at about 60% functionality sooner than lastly being cleared to take full swings. Korda acknowledged she didn’t have to have the U.S. Open be the place she returned to aggressive golf, nonetheless she had made up her ideas that when she was 100%, she would focus on an event to make her return.

Nonetheless, the no. 2-ranked participant on the earth is preserving expectations measured for herself this week. Though her aggressive fireside has picked up over the last few days and resulted in hitting the ball farther, she is conscious of it could take some time sooner than she’s once more to her earlier strategies.

“Women are already in the midst of their season, they’ve quite a few rounds under their belts,” Korda acknowledged. “To tee up and to hit my first shot on the first, on Thursday, that is as far as I’m making an attempt correct now … I’m merely grateful to be available on the market, I’m not anticipating an extreme quantity of.”

Korda’s closing rivals on the LPGA Tour was on Feb. 3 on the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony the place she accomplished 15h. She accomplished inside the prime 20 in each of her three begins this season, along with tied for fourth on the Hilton Grand Holidays Occasion of Champions.

“I merely missed it loads,” Korda acknowledged. “I’m so utterly glad to be out proper right here in direction of all people.”

After this week, Korda will most likely be defending her 2021 victories on the Meijer LPGA Primary and the KPMG PGA Championship.