Two weeks ago, after a red hot third-round of 6-under 66, Nelly Korda held the 54 hole lead at Marathon Classic. And while the 18-year-old faded a bit on Sunday, the younger sister of Jessica Norda is making a strong impression on Solheim Cup Team USA captain Julie Inkster.
“Nelly Korda has been consistently playing well. If you look at her scores, she shoots good scores all the time. She never shoots a real high score. I mean, she’ll do like a 71, 72, 73, but she never shoots a 75 or a 76. She shoots a lot of good, low scores. I like her make-up. I like her fire,” said Inkster, during Solheim Cup Media Day.
Inkster, who will make her wild card picks on Sunday night following the Women’s British Open, cited the hot fire that burns inside Nelly Korda, as an asset, calling it her “inner heat.”
“She’s definitely wired different than Jessica, even though they look similar. You know, Jessica is a little more carefree, outgoing, easy, and Nelly is a little more reserved, a little more inner heat. I invited her to all the dinners and practice rounds. She’s fit in nicely with the team, so yeah, she’s definitely one I’m looking at,” continued Inkster.
The 2017 LPGA rookie will require a wildcard pick as she is currently 27th in the points standings.
Korda said recently, “I mean, it would be a huge honor to represent my country, and it’s definitely a goal of mine one day. But I’m just — I just want to play solid golf, and everything else will solve itself.”
A strong showing by Korda in Scotland would go a long way to making that goal happen.