Nelly Korda looked human after rare meltdown at U.S. Women's Open

One disastrous hole doomed Nelly Korda's US Women's Open on Thursday.
Nelly Korda - U.S. Women's Open
Nelly Korda - U.S. Women's Open / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

It seemed up until this point in the season that Nelly Korda could do no wrong on the LPGA Tour. Entering the US Women's Open on Thursday, she was the No.1 ranked player in the world having won six times on tour this season, including a record-equalling streak of five events in a row. That was until she ran into trouble on day one of the Open, shooting an 80, 10-over par round. This mostly came from a disaster on No. 12 for the pro.

Nelly Korda witnessed her U.S. Open dreams all but evaporate on one hole

She hit the ball on the Par-3 hole, three consecutive times and missed an eight-foot putt leading to the remarkable 10 on the hole.

"Just a bad day in the office," Korda told reporters after the disheartening series of events. "I'm human, I'm going to have bad days. I played some really solid golf up to this point. Today was just a bad day. That's all I can say."

Korda's error leaves the field wide open. The lowest score on the course at the Lancaster Country Club is 68, shot by Yuka Saso, followed by a handful of 69s recorded by Andrea Lee, Wichanee Meechai, and Adela Cernousek. It will likely only be the second tournament this season that Korda has teed off which will have a different winner. Rose Zhang won at the Cognizant Founders Cup earlier in May.

Korda did not make a birdie until her 12th hole, No. 3, after a 12-foot putt. She finished the day with only three birdies for the round. She will attempt to rebound on Friday but in all probability looks set to miss the cut for the first time this season.

Many have questioned Korda's choice of club on the 12th hole. She chose a 6-iron while many players over the course of the day had used a 7-iron.

"I just didn't really know what to hit," she added.

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Korda will have the rest of the second round and all weekend to think of the choice of club.