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5 things to know from the electric Nelly Korda vs. Lydia Ko showdown

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Nelly Korda reacts on the 18th green during the final round of the LPGA Drive On Championship at Bradenton Country Club on January 28, 2024 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Perhaps the biggest downside to this torrid start is that a mini offseason follows.

The tour takes off three weeks before returning to action in Thailand. Ko is off for the next month, playing next on tour in Sinagpore and China. She won’t defend her title at the Saudi Ladies International next month on the LET.

“I’m driving to Lake Nona right now,” said Ko, “and then I’ll be there, and I know some of the players are there so we already have dinner plans for Tuesday.

“It will be nice to have some down time. I’ve got four weeks off until Singapore, so just get plenty of rest but also do some work because I felt like the two weeks before leading up to Hilton was a little short.”

Korda meanwhile headed to Prague on Monday to visit her grandparents and will take a seven-week break, skipping all of the Asian swing. She’s the only active LPGA player who competed in the PNC Championship in late December, making her offseason exceptionally short.

“It’s tough when I go during the season. I only go for a week, let’s say just before Evian or just before British. And I’m practicing, not really spending much time with them.

“So I definitely wanted to take some time out of my schedule to go and spend some time with them.”


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