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When Nelly Korda lifted the Mizuho Americas Cup in May, everyone was wondering who could possibly stop her.

It was the 25-year-old’s sixth win in seven starts – a run that included five in a row, a second major title at the Chevron Championship, and had swelled her bank balance to the tune of $3 million.

But then came the reality check. The fatigue set in, the missed cuts started coming – three in a row, to be precise, the first time that’s happened to her in her career, including separate disasters at both the US Open and PGA Championship – and then there was that bizarre incident with the dog.

But while Korda says she has “gone through every emotion possible – and it’s just July”, she isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I love this game,” she said ahead of this week’s Evian Championship – the fourth major of the LPGA season. “I love the bad, I love the good.

“The bad makes you appreciate the good, and that’s just how it is. It’s sports. If you care so deeply about it, you’re just going to go through the wave of the rollercoaster.”

Now, after almost three weeks off, Korda feels better prepared for the run ahead of her, which as well as the Evian includes the Women’s Open, three more huge-purse LPGA events, and the Olympic Games, where she will defend the gold medal she won in Tokyo three years ago.

“It’s almost like we have five majors in a row,” she explained. “It’s a lot of high-pressure golf.

“As important as it is to practice and to grind, it’s also really important to recharge your batteries after a pretty long stretch.”

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Having topped the podium at the 2020 Olympics, which were postponed a year due to the Covid pandemic, Korda will be joined by Lilia Vu and Rose Zhang to represent the red, white and blue at Le Golf National in France.

“Gosh, I’m so excited,” she beamed. “Any time I get to represent my country is just such a really big honour.

“To get to do that at the Olympics is going to be an amazing experience again. Getting to do it in Paris, maybe this year getting to watch a couple sports that we didn’t get to do in Japan and Tokyo.

“It’s going to be a little sad not getting to go with my sister. I think that’s what was so special about 2021, was getting to share that experience with Jess.

“But I’m just really excited to represent the USA at the Olympics again.”

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Alex Perry is the Associate Editor of bunkered. A journalist for more than 20 years, he has been a golf industry stalwart for the majority of his career and, in a five-year spell at ESPN, covered every sporting event you can think of. He completed his own Grand Slam at the 2023 Masters, having fallen in love with the sport at his hometown club of Okehampton and on the links of nearby Bude & North Cornwall.

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