Nelly Korda Aims for Golf History After Met Gala Stardom

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‣ Nelly Korda, a top figure in women’s golf, recently attended the Met Gala, stepping outside her comfort zone and embracing popular culture, highlighting her rising star beyond the sports world.

‣ Korda is aiming to make history at the Cognizant Founders Cup by winning her sixth consecutive LPGA Tour event, a goal she approaches with humility and focus, emphasizing the importance of taking it one shot at a time.

‣ Beyond her achievements on the golf course, Korda is seen as a role model for growing the game of women’s golf naturally, not by seeking attention but through her love for the game and her performances, hoping to inspire others by being true to herself.

Nelly Korda’s week is shaping up to be one for the books. She’s aiming to etch her name into women’s golf history. But first, let’s talk about how she was “star struck” at the Met Gala. It’s not every day you rub shoulders with the who’s who of pop culture.

Already a big deal in the golf world, Korda’s stepping into the limelight of popular culture. The Met Gala invitation is proof. Yet, she’s quickly switching gears back to golf, where she’s the World No.1. Talk about a whirlwind of events.

Just two weeks ago, she clinched The Chevron. Now, she’s eyeing a sixth consecutive LPGA Tour win at the Cognizant Founders Cup. But Korda’s keeping her feet on the ground, not getting too carried away with the hype.

Meeting Shakira was a standout moment for her. Yet, she humorously shared a golfer’s dilemma about hitting the red carpet. “I got to do something completely different and get a spray tan for the first time ever,” Korda revealed. She couldn’t let her “permanent sock tan” steal the show.

Attending the Met Gala was beyond her wildest dreams. Growing up, she watched it in awe. Now, she was living it, walking the carpet among stars. It’s like something out of a fairy tale.

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The Met Gala was surreal for Korda. Surrounded by celebrities, she was in her element, people-watching. “I was just silent, looking at everyone’s dresses,” she said. It’s the ultimate fan experience, isn’t it?

Shakira’s beauty left her starstruck. And Jaden Smith? A real gentleman. It’s refreshing to see celebs being nice to newcomers. For Korda, stepping out of her comfort zone was a big deal. This was her first red carpet event, and she nailed it.

But now, it’s back to business. Korda’s not dwelling on the possibility of making history this week. She’s focused, despite not having the best track record in New Jersey. Last year was tough, with missed cuts. But she’s taking it one shot at a time, not letting the pressure get to her.

Korda’s not just playing golf; she’s helping grow the game. Her appearance at the Met Gala wasn’t for attention but to naturally promote women’s golf. She believes in letting her performance speak for itself.

“I’m just out here doing what I love,” Korda says. She hopes to inspire naturally, without forcing anything. It’s about being genuine, playing well, and letting that attract fans to the game. In the end, authenticity wins.

Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell is a Golf Glance Senior Writer. After earning a degree in Sports Journalism, he joined the club in 2021. Elliott is in charge of Golf Glance's news, features, and travel sections, as well as the courses.

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