Fresh from red carpet, Korda goes for more golf glory

Things are going well for Nelly Korda these days, that's for sure.

The 25-year-old has won a record-tying five straight tournament starts. She has the No.1 ranking in the world, along with the 2024 lead in earnings, scoring average and points for the player of the year award.

And on top of it all, she got to live out a childhood dream by walking the red carpet at the Met Gala earlier this week.

Now Korda will try to become the first woman to win six consecutive LPGA events  when play in the Founders Cup gets underway on Thursday at the Upper Montclair Country Club in suburban New York.

"If I'm being honest, I have not thought about it at all because I've had so much going on those two weeks," said Korda, who has not played since winning the Chevron Championship in Texas.

"Then obviously on Monday I had the Met, so haven't had too much time to think about it."

In winning her second career major two weeks ago, Korda tied Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam (2004-05) and Nancy Lopez (1978) for most consecutive tournament wins. Byron Nelson holds golf's all-time mark with 11 straight wins in 1945.

The usually reserved Korda insisted she is not thinking that far ahead, noting that can lead to a deep rabbit hole.

The winning streak had an unexpected benefit this week when she got an invitation to the Met Gala.

"It was so, so crazy," she said. "You're standing in line ready to get on the carpet and you're like seeing all these people you usually watch in TV shows or movies and they're like famous singers and you're starstruck the entire time.

"It's the best people-watching for me. I was just silently looking at everyone's dresses."

Korda was given a number of Oscar de la Renta dresses to try on, and seemingly settled on long-sleeve gown.

Twenty minutes before walking on the carpet, she had a golf moment, like when the breeze picks up before a shot to the green. The 9-iron became a pitching wedge.

"I saw this amazing red dress and I just changed my entire look probably 20 minutes before I started to get ready," Korda said.

"Switched it up on everyone. It's just, I mean, this is me. This is me, visor on, wearing golf clothes. This is my comfort zone. It was really, really neat to step outside of my comfort zone and do something like that."

It was neat though, and like everything Korda has done on the golf course, it was a perfect choice.

"I thought I would never ever think that I would ever be able to attend the Met Gala," Korda said. "As a girl I watched it growing up and just in awe of all the dresses. To be on the red carpet or green carpet was a dream come true."