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At the close of play on Thursday, world No.1 Nelly Korda was in tied for second at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

By the same point on Friday, she was packing her bags and heading home.

Korda, 25, carded the joint-worst score of her professional career in the second round of the third women’s major of the year.

Seeking her seventh win of an extraordinary season, the American slipped to an 81 at Sahalee Country Club in Washington to miss the cut for the third event running.

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That left her at six-over-par after 36 holes, one outside the cut line.

Television cameras captured her apparently in tears during the second round…

Afterwards, an emotional Korda spoke to the media, reportedly walking away to compose herself before answering the first question.

“It’s just golf recently for me,” she said. “No words for how I’m playing right now. I’m just going to go home and try to reset.

“I just feel like that’s been my last three events. A lot went my way at the beginning part of the year, and [now I’m] just giving it back.”

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Korda wasn’t the only high-profile player who failed to make it to the weekend. Nasa Hataoka, Danielle Kang and Megan Khang were amongst the others to go home early.

Sarah Schmelzel and 17-year LPGA veteran Amy Yang are tied for the lead on six-under, with a trio of players – Jin Young Ko, Hinako Shibuno and Lexi Thompson – two shots adrift in a tie for third.

Charley Hull is currently the best-placed of the Brits. The English ace, seeking her first major championship victory, is in a tie for 12th on one-under.

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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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