World No. 2 Korda misses first Grand Slam of the year due to blood clot in the arm
American female golfer and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Nellie Korda will miss the year's first major due to medical reasons. The entry application channel for the Chevron Championship closed at 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and a tournament official confirmed that world No. 2 Korda did not submit an application.
On March 13, the 23-year-old Korda announced that she had to return home to rest after being diagnosed with a blood clot in her arm. She did not participate in this week's JTBC Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. "I am currently at home receiving treatment to eliminate further risk."
Korda had planned to skip the Asian Swing Series to attend the JTBC Classic before the 1st major of the year, and now it is unknown when she will return to action. Korda's last appearance was at the LPGA Drive Championship in early February. She has tied for 15th, tied for 20th and tied for 4th in the 3 events she has played this season.
This year's Chevron Championship will land at Mission Hills Country Club in Dana Shores for the 1st time. Every year since 1972, this event has been held there. So far, Korda has not topped the tournament, having tied for 3rd last year after losing to Mei-Lin Lee in an extended playoff in 2020. 2021 saw her win her first major title at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at The Athletic Club in Atlanta.
Korda scored four LPGA titles in 2021, won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and was named Women's Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.