Nelly Korda, who has held the world No. 1 position longer than any other American, said on Wednesday that she does not feel any more pressure as a result of her position.
Korda, the defending champion at the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Raton, Florida, has maintained the top spot in the world rankings for 29 weeks, surpassing Stacy Lewis’ 21-week streak in 2014.
Korda, who has seven LPGA Tour victories, including a major championship at last year’s Women’s PGA Championship, said she doesn’t spend much time thinking about rankings and instead concentrates on playing good golf.
“I try not to think about being the best player in the world because, as horrible as it sounds, it’s only a phase, right?” At Boca Rio Golf Club, Korda informed reporters.
“You’re trying to concentrate on being present out there, having a good time, and enjoying the round.”
Korda comes to Boca Raton fresh off a one-shot victory in the season-opening Tournament of Champions last week, where she started the final round with a one-shot lead but finished with a three-over 75 in chilly and rainy conditions to tie for fourth place.
Korda won the Gainbridge LPGA last year by three strokes at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, making it her maiden victory on American soil.
Given that last year’s victory occurred on a different course, Korda believes it will be difficult to draw on the positive sentiments from that victory.
“I’ve never defended on the same golf course,” said Korda, who will play the first two rounds with world No. 3 Lydia Ko of New Zealand and 11-time LPGA Tour winner Lexi Thompson in a high-profile group this week.
“All I’m going to do now is embrace it and see where it takes me.”