Time Away gives Nelly a new perspective | LPGA

Pittsda, Maryland | For those of a certain age, Joni Mitchell’s sweet tunes have melted our hearts for years. One of Johnny’s classic words came to mind this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship as Nelly Korda described her four months away from golf as she recovered from a serious blood clot.

“It doesn’t always seem like it’s gone/You don’t know what you have” until it ends. ”

“I think life is all about perspective,” Korda said before stepping into the season’s third major tournament of which she is the reigning title holder. “When you look at it differently, you enjoy and have more respect for the game, and you are more humble about it too. You just enjoy yourself a lot more. I think that goes a long way in golf.”

This is true in golf, but it is also true in every other professional and personal relationship. Whatever season of life you’re in, it’s easy to believe that things will stay the way they are forever, or that the upward trends you’ve seen up to this point will last forever. In business investing, when you anticipate today’s earnings forever, this is called “induction madness.” In life, when you assume that today’s good fortunes will never end, this is called youthful naivety.

Life will hit you in the mouth. It is not a question of if; When and how bad will it be. Character is how you respond.

“She put in a lot of work, honestly,” Korda said of her time in the game, a time no one was sure would ever come when news broke of her blood clot and subsequent surgery. “I have put in a lot of work on my body and also golf since my return. I have just been about consistency.

“I think it also has to do with the attitude that you have on the golf course. I feel like the more I enjoy it there, the better I play, the less I kind of get affected, and I think the more something goes wrong.

“Since coming back, I’ve made sure I have a good attitude and have enjoyed every second, and I think this has contributed to my good game.”

The good play was more than a surprise. Coming back after a four-month hiatus and having one or two good rides is one thing. But rust grinds the gears and your mind reminds you of how tough competitive golf can be. But Korda looked like she wasn’t far off before, as she finished T8 at the US Women’s Open and lost in a playoff to Jennifer Kupcho at the Meijer LPGA Classic powered by Simply Give.

“I made sure I was 100% before going back and even hitting the golf balls,” Korda said. “My health came first.

“Once I was healthy and I rehab – even just for my shoulder, because I’ve been struggling with that a little bit last year – made sure I could kill two birds with one stone. I’ve said it a few times, but I’ll go on. I made sure there was my coach, Jimmy. Mulligan, when I was first hitting golf balls. I think that was really important to me because that was the longest time I had ever gone without hitting a golf ball.

“I have a physiatrist with me, and I do a lot of things before and after the tour, so I still work hard. I still make sure I do everything. I devote a lot of time to my body. Meaning what my parents say is more professional.”

“I usually get to the golf course two hours before playing time, and after (the round) it depends on my body. Obviously, if I don’t hit it well I will do some warm-up, but I will always have an hour session with my physicist as well after that.”

Korda then offered a deeper insight into her life, a brief glimpse of what things were like before, during and after her medical scare.

“Since I started (playing) it’s been like hitting the gas pedal completely and I’ve been training,” she said. I haven’t taken more than two or three days off since then. I am happy to be here to play competitive golf.”

Then Korda looked out onto the green of the Congress Country Club but could see something far away.

“I gave myself a chance last week,” she said. “If you had told me that when I was lying in the emergency room, I would certainly have been very happy.”

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