Hi, y’all! My name is Jessica Korda, and I play on the LPGA Tour. I’m just coming off my second win on the tour, so I’m pretty excited to blog and share it with all you espnW readers.
I went through a couple of changes this offseason that I think are going to push me to be a better and healthier player. I cannot believe I am starting my fourth year on tour (crazy). I feel as if I still should be in high school or something. My 21st birthday is coming up next month, so for me to be where I am in my career, I have to consider myself as blessed as can be.
The Bahamas is an incredible place. The water is so crystal blue and the sand is so beautifully white and soft, it’s easy to fall in love with it at first sight. However, I wasn't there for the views, no matter how mesmerizing they were!
The course was set up great for my game -- lots of birdies to be made. On the final day when I was on my 14th hole, I saw that Stacy Lewis was 7 under on the day. I turned to my caddie, Kyle, and told him that 7 under was a really impressive number because the course wasn't playing that easy on Sunday. He looked at me with a serious face and told me that we should try to get to that number, too.
So, on 15 we decided I was better off trying to get to the green in two (play aggressively). The worst case, I would just have a chip at it. When I saw that I had a 35-yard touchy chip shot, I was so happy my coach and I had spent a couple of hours this offseason practicing those to get me better at it. Ask me to hit that shot last year, and I would be better off putting it.
After a birdie on 15, I made a solid par save on 16 with a 6-foot putt. Walking off the green, I saw I was one shot off the lead with two holes left to play. I was super excited!
I knew what I had to do. If I wanted this I had to make back-to-back birdies. I’m not going to lie, that 6-foot left-to-right slider I had on the 18th hole made me so nervous. But I just did what I've been practicing all these years, and let me tell you, draining it straight in the heart of the hole was the best feeling ever!
It was a fun battle between myself and Stacy, and I hope in the future we have many more.
For now, I'm signing off. Bye, USA, I’m off to Australia!