Women’s PGA loses No. 2 player as Nelly Korda withdraws

NEWTOWN SQAURE, Pa. (AP) – Nelly Korda withdrew from the Women’s PGA Championship on Friday because of back pain.

Korda, the No. 2 player in women’s golf, opened with a1-over 71 at Aronimink Golf Club and was four shots out of the lead. She said in an Instagram post she hoped her back would feel better Friday morning.

“Unfortunately it is not and I will now go see a specialist,” Korda said.

Korda, the younger of sisters playing the LPGA Tour and whose brother, Sebastian, reached the fourth round of the French Open, was among the favorites going into the third LPGA major of the year.

She lost in a sudden-death playoff in the most recent major, the ANA Inspiration, when she made par on the first extra hole as Mirim Lee made birdie.

Korda has been moving closer to a chance to become No. 1 in the world, with

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Nelly Korda out of KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with back injury

American Nelly Korda, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, withdrew from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Friday due to a back injury.

The 22-year-old shot 1-over in her opening round on Thursday and was four strokes behind leaders Kelly Tan and Brittany Lincicome. She made the announcement on her Instagram account Friday morning.

“Unfortunately I am forced to withdraw from the KPMG Championship after my first round due to a discomfort in my back,” Korda wrote. “Was hoping it would be better this morning but unfortunately it is not and I will now go see a specialist. I hope to return to competition soon and wish all the competitors good luck this week.”

Korda, the winner of three titles on the LPGA Tour, was seeking her first major victory. She lost in a playoff at the ANA Inspiration in September, resulting in a second-place finish. Due to the

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