Hot off her first LPGA Tour win at the Honda LPGA Thailand, Nanna Koerstz Madsen is carrying the momentum across the sea to the JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol. Despite only hitting four fairways and 12 greens in regulation, the Dane posted a 6-under 66 to sit in solo second heading into Friday at Aviara Golf Club, her lowest recorded 18-hole score in Carlsbad since first appearing in the event in 2018.
“Staying patient for sure. All week in Thailand I was being very patient. I was playing my game itself was playing more patient. Nicki [my caddie and fiancé] is helping me a lot with my aim at the green, not going too aggressive at the flags,” said Koerstz Madsen. “I think the keyword for me is just staying patient.”
This is the best place after 18 holes for Koerstz Madsen at not only the JTBC Classic but also since the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA. With the Tour adapting to the tricky Poa annua this week, it was a quick quip from defending champion Inbee Park that turned the head of Koerstz Madsen as she went about figuring out the greens – not to take the greens at Aviara “personally” this week.
“I actually saw the comment that Inbee made the other day, and I just thought it was really cool that the queen of putting is saying that,” said “That gives yourself a little -- I mean, if she can say that, then I should not expect to make everything out there. So I really learned a lot from that comment from her.”