Korda rode in the wet en route to Opening 64 at Evian Champs

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EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Nelly Korda is just trying to have some fun at the Evian Championship after a four-month injury layoff gave her more perspective on her golf.

Not that she feels so good taking a picture while standing barefoot in a slimy lake.

“I’ve never done anything like it and I have to say it was really disgusting,” Korda said of his adventure at No 18 halfway through a 7-under 64 who got him. left a shot behind first-lap leader Ayaka Frue on Thursday. in the fourth major of 2022.

Korda’s approach shot on the par-5 18th hole – his ninth of the day after starting at No. 10 – ended up rolling over a bank to the right front of the green and into the water. His caddy ran to the green and saw it was possible to make contact with the ball, so Korda took off his golf shoes, waded into the lake and splashed himself to the edge of the green .

Korda continued to do the pair.

“It was really gooey,” Korda said, pulling a face before laughing.

The American missed a 12-foot birdie putt on her final hole but still had her lowest round of the year, continuing her impressive comeback after a timeout following surgery on a blood clot in his arm.

This is her fifth event since returning to competition on June 16 and she has three top 10 finishes during that time. She was world No. 1 when she stopped playing and is now No. 3.

“I think I’m a little calmer about the whole thing,” she said. “I try to have as much fun as possible on the golf course.

“I don’t know if my caddy will agree because I’m obviously frustrated here and there, but I try to remind myself that I’m lucky to be there. Just enjoy every moment.

That’s pretty much what Furue did.

A seven-time winner in his native Japan, Furue, ranked No.31, is looking to save a fourth-place finish at the major in France last year and birdied nine after his solitary bogey at No.13.

She responded by birdie six of her next eight holes and then three of her last four. The one at No. 9, his last hole, was 8 feet and shot him 63 for his lowest round at a major.

Korda was tied for second with Canada’s No. 10 Brooke Henderson, who posted 64 as he double-breaked for the Eagle at No. 9, also his last hole.

American golfer Cheyenne Knight was at the clubhouse in fourth place at 6 under, one shot ahead of top-ranked Jin Young Ko and another two-time major champion, Lydia Ko.

In Gee Chun, who won the PGA Women’s Championship last month, was tied for 10th at 4 under.

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