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Why Nelly Korda has hired a new swing coach despite season of dominance

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Even though she is currently in the midst of her best season as a professional golfer, Nelly Korda recently brought in a new swing coach.

As the AP reported, Korda brought in Jamie Mulligan a few weeks ago, and it paid immediate dividends as she just won her fourth LPGA victory of the season last week at the Pelican Women’s Championship.

Mulligan was introduced to Nelly by her sister, Jessica, and she also knew that he had worked with PGA star Patrick Cantlay in the past, so he came highly recommended.

Korda spoke about how she has been looking for the right fit for a new coach and why she believes the two have gelled thus far:

“I’ve kind of surfed around [for coaches]. I thought about a couple coaches here and there, and I liked [Mulligan’s] demeanor, I like the way he’s super positive. I think we’ve just clicked kind of since the first day and I really enjoy being around him.”

The 23-year-old will still be working with her longtime short-game coach David Whelan.

Korda hasn’t made any swing alterations since the new hire, but explained how even knowing her swing as well as she does, how vital it is to still have some guidance as well as someone to lean on – hence the new hire.

“I definitely do know my golf swing. I’ve kind of gotten really obsessed with it in the past couple of years. I think it’s very important since you’re kind of by yourself week in and week out to be your own coach in a sense and kind of know some stuff about it.

“But I think it’s super important also to have the guidance and to have someone to lean on.”

Korda has emerged as a true superstar on the LPGA Tour, having won the gold medal for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics and also won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship back in June.

Despite such a remarkable season, the Rolex Player of the Year insists she isn’t done yet as she looks to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the $1.5 million check that accompanies the trophy: “Everyone [in the family] would get a really nice Christmas present,” she said.

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‘Most overrated course in the world!’ – Major champ rips ‘awful’ Pinehurst No. 2

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While it’s still early in the 2024 U.S. Open, it appears that most players and fans are enjoying the test the Pinehurst No. 2 provides.

Rory McIlroy, who got off to a strong start in round one, raved about the course after shooting a bogey-free 65 (-5).

“It sort of brings me back to links golf when I was a kid a little bit. The greens are a bit more sort of slopey and there’s a bit more movement on them. But there’s options. You can chip it. You can putt it. I’d love if we played more golf courses like this.”

However, former Open Champion, Mark Calcavecchia, is not a fan of Pinehurst No. 2 and expressed those sentiments on X.

When asked to expand upon his opinion, Calcavecchia explained why he doesn’t like the course.

Round two of the U.S. Open is underway and it seems as if we will get some fireworks over the weekend.

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‘The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring’ – Brooks Koepka opts to skip media requests at U.S. Open

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After his first round at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka declined to have a traditional post-round interview. Instead, the five-time major champion opted to do a text message interview with Golf Channel/Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch.

Lynch’s first question was to ask why Brooks decided to do the interview over text.

“I opted not to do ‘em just because I didn’t feel like it. Same questions every week. The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring. I know I’m not a media favorite either so it’s not like anyone will notice. LOL.”

Lynch followed up by asking if creative questions would create more “bulletin board” material for Koepka.

“No, definitely not. It’s a major. I have enough self-motivation. I could think of way more creative questions than ‘Do you think the course is borderline? What happened on those bogeys? What went well?’ Then some LIV versus PGA Tour questions.”

Koepka will look to build off of a solid first round at Pinehurst No. 2 where he shot an even-par 70.

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AimPoint under attack again as footage from U.S. Open enrages golf fans

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On Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open, the putting technique “AimPoint” was once again under attack due to the slow play it seems to create.

The video that drew attention this time was one of Viktor Hovland and Max Homa parading around the green simultaneously.

Gabby Herzig of the Athletic wrote,

“I’ve been anti-AimPoint since my junior golf days when girls would stomp all over my line to read their 4-foot putts. We’ve reached a new level of disgrace. Literally what is happening here.”

The popular X account wrote, “Imagine playing behind these lads on a Saturday afternoon ?”

Whether or not you’re a fan of AimPoint, there’s no denying it looks a bit ridiculous at times.

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