LPGA golfers take back-to-back majors in stride heading into AIG Women's British Open

Evian Championship winner Jin Young Ko is not afraid to take on the AIG Women's British Open course, despite the quick turnaround. James Chance/WME IMG/WME IMG via Getty Images

WOBURN, England -- In an ideal world, our enjoyment of golf's major championships should be like the consumption of the very finest artisan chocolates.

Devouring them is not enough. We must first anticipate them, and afterward we should savor them.

Unfortunately, the various golfing authorities around the world have chosen a less measured approach in 2019, with the men's game stuffing all four majors into a narrow 15-week window and the women's game closing theirs with back-to-back events: last week's Evian Championship and this week's AIG Women's British Open.

Two weeks ago, ahead of the Open at Royal Portrush, Justin Rose bemoaned this state of affairs.

"The major championships should be protected the most," he argued.

"As a professional it's about trying to peak, valley and peak again. It's such a short period of time in which you're able to do that. There's always that drop-off after a major, from an intensity point of view, anyway.

"One major a month -- in my opinion, they're too soon."

Try two in two weeks, Justin.

And yet could it be that those of us on the outside are the ones troubled by a fortnight of overabundance and, in contrast, the golfers are simply getting on with it?

Since the conclusion of the Evian Championship on Sunday afternoon, a litany of bizarre travel tales have emerged which confirmed the doubts of onlookers. "This," the train of thought went, "is exactly why back-to-back majors are a bad idea."

Two British Airways flights were canceled from Geneva to London on Sunday, making many players and caddies desperate for alternative arrangements. Others were inconvenienced by the two-hour delay to tee times in the final round.

"We originally had a flight for 7 p.m.," Nelly Korda said on Tuesday. "We were going to miss it, but we got another flight to London City airport, so getting there was no issue."

Not really. Korda's golf bag was one of 40 delayed in-transit when it also emerged that Lexi Thompson's passport was among the lost bags. The driver of the van carrying their equipment stopped en route to a ferry crossing and awaited the arrival of Thompson's caddie. He not only never made up for lost time, he also subsequently hit at least two rush-hour logjams.

The clubs arrived too late to play Woburn's Marquess Course on Monday, but Korda took it as a sign.

"Yeah, just took the day off and relaxed," she said. "I mean, back-to-back majors, it's quite hard. Mentally, you're fatigued."

So there will be an impact?

"Well," she shrugged, "it's the same for everyone, so there's not much we can do."

In a sense, is it possible that those who insist they approach majors like any other tournament are one-up this week?

"Yeah, at the end of the day I'm playing against the same girls I played against every week. I'm trying to play every week the same, like a normal tournament," Korda said.

And normal tournaments feature a lot of travel chaos, so what's the big deal?

Bronte Law arrived to the airport early Monday morning and had her flight canceled. Much like Korda, she just dealt with it.

"My airline decided my next flight would be today," she said. "Ended up flying through Frankfurt, nearly missed my connection, had to run about a mile to make that one, didn't think my clubs were going to make it, but they did.

"Instead of arriving at 11 a.m. I landed at 6.30 p.m. So no golf yesterday, just a lot of running around airports."

Poor preparation for her home Open presumably? An immediate red flag for concurrent majors? Perhaps neither.

"I don't think it's a problem," she said. "I played some really good golf last week, so the fact it's back-to-back majors, I think it's going to be beneficial for me. I can kind of carry momentum into this week.

"If you're not playing well, then, yeah, it might be an issue because you haven't got much time to work on your game."

What of Jin Young Ko, this season's breakthrough star? She won the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, and last week the fourth of them. She can now emulate Korean compatriot Inbee Park and claim three in a year, but surely she is handicapped by the rush?

"I think it's pretty good," she said, explaining that she is, instead, riding the wave. "I will be keeping the same feeling. I think it's good."

But she arrived late Monday and has not yet played the course. A potential problem?

"My caddie walked the course this morning," she countered with a smile. "He said the fairways look narrow and many trees. You need [a] straight tee shot. I'm not afraid."

Last year's winner, Georgia Hall -- surely she would be feeling a peculiar burden lacking a low-key run-in for her defense of the title?

"Not really," she said. "I kind of take every tournament the same anyway. I mean, this week is more important to me as a person, because it's my home event and it's the best major, in my opinion. But apart from that, no, same preparation."