The floodgates seem to have opened for Nanna Koerstz Madsen. The Dane won last month’s Honda LPGA Thailand in a playoff against Xiyu Lin and went almost back-to-back at last week’s JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol, eventually losing in another playoff to Thai rookie Atthaya Thitikul.
Over two days at Mission Hills, Koerstz Madsen is fifth at -6 and her 36-hole total of 138 is her second-lowest at The Chevron Championship. Over her last 11 rounds, she has carded 67 or better eight times and is -53 with a 67.2 scoring average, averaging five birdies or better per round. With those positive traits in her arsenal, she’s in more than form heading into the weekend and while Sunday’s final jump at Poppie’s Pond looms large, Koerstz Madsen remains focused on maintaining a balanced stance, a strategy she has been using for the year served well in 2022.
“I just stay patient and trust my game,” said the 27-year-old, who made six birdies and a bogey on Friday. “I was very frustrated after my lap yesterday. I didn’t hit the ball well at all. I really struggled. Today was much better than yesterday. I hit more fairways today which makes it a little easier on this course. I would say today that there was no particular strength. I’ve still gotten a few bad shots out there, but that’s golf.”
Last year at Mission Hills, Koerstz Madsen finished in a tie for third place after posting a 6-under 66 in the last round, her best result in a major career. A few months later at the AIG Women’s Open, Koerstz co-lead Madsen on the last hole at Carnoustie and then tragically double-bogeyed to end T5, a frustrating scenario for any player, especially in a Major. But it’s the lessons we’ve learned from failure that teach us the most, and as she heads into Rancho Mirage weekend, Koerstz Madsen said she’ll remember those as she fights for a major title again.
“I think when I competed with the Brits I realized that you don’t win if you only hit good shots,” she said. “You’re going to land some bad punches out there. I think since the British Open I’ve realized that there are going to be bad shots out there and you just have to accept that. i love this place Third place last year. It was very good. It was my best major result at the time; Is still. It gives you a bit of confidence when you know you can play this course well.”