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Nelly Korda’s hopes of winning the US Women’s Open are in tatters after only three holes of the championship.

The world No.1, bidding to win her seventh event in her last eight starts, carded a septuple-bogey ten (TEN!) on the par-3 12th hole – her third – at Lancaster Country Club.

That left Korda, who opened with a bogey, eight-over and hovering at the wrong end of the leaderboard.

The 25-year-old flew the green with her tee shot, finding a bunker through the back. That’s when things started to go awry.

She hit her second from the sand into a water hazard in front of the green and, after taking a penalty, played her fourth from 68 feet. That, too, found the water.

Her sixth also found the water, forcing another penalty drop.

For those keeping count, that’s THREE consecutive shots into the water.

Finally, with her eighth, Korda hit it to just inside ten feet, finally two-putting for a ten.

The American is not the only player to come undone on the 12th so far in the first round. Mariajo Uribe made a nine on the same hole as well this morning. 


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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