January 21, 2023
ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s an amazing week to be a TaylorMade athlete at Lake Nona.
Brooke Henderson and Nelly Korda — the 2 latest members of Workforce TaylorMade — spotlight the highest of the leaderboard on the Hilton Grand Holidays Match of Champions by 54 holes. Henderson holds the highest spot on the board at 14 beneath, whereas Korda sits three photographs again.
“It’s simply a lot enjoyable to be in rivalry and within the last teams on the weekend and proper within the combine,” Henderson mentioned. “That’s the very best feeling that there’s.”
Coming into the week, a Henderson-Korda Sunday duel appeared unlikely at finest. Through the temporary offseason, every star made wholesale modifications to their gear setups as they signed with TaylorMade. Gear modifications are frequent on the highest ranges of professional golf, however having this a lot success this early with a brand new setup isn’t fairly so customary.
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Nobody knew what to anticipate from two of the largest stars within the ladies’s recreation once they arrived at Lake Nona. Korda was introduced as a TaylorMade signee on Monday as she arrived in Central Florida, whereas Henderson’s signing was not made official till Wednesday. Each spent the early week feeling out their video games with the brand new gear as they ready for the primary occasion of the 12 months.
By way of three rounds, it seems the gear swap can be seamless.
“I [am] very snug,” Korda mentioned of her new setup. “General, I used to be extraordinarily proud of the best way my golf equipment had been flying. The photographs that I form of missed, that was due to me.”
To date, there haven’t been many photographs which have missed their mark. Korda, who’s looking for win No. 9 on the LPGA Tour, posted rounds of 68, 69 and 68 to share second place with Nasa Hataoka. Henderson, in search of her thirteenth LPGA title, posted rounds of 67, 66 and 69 to tempo the sphere.
“There have been a number of bonuses and plenty of perks with the brand new swap,” Henderson mentioned. “Clearly taking pictures a number of rounds beneath par with loads of birdies. Rather a lot the issues are going proper.”
Time will inform how the swap to TaylorMade performs out over the course of a full season, however by 54 holes of the 2023 marketing campaign, there are tons of causes for optimism. Korda would possibly’ve put it finest as she spoke with the media earlier this week.
“Workforce TM is prospering.”
Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com the place he spends his days running a blog, producing and enhancing. Previous to becoming a member of the crew at GOLF.com, he attended the College of Texas adopted by stops with Workforce USA, the Inexperienced Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all issues instruction and covers newbie and ladies’s golf.