Number Crunching 2013: Jessica Korda
Over the final two weeks of 2013, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months. Check out the entire series here.
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Ranking/movement: +87 (No. 98 to No. 11)
Why the rise? Maturity. Consistency was the hallmark of Korda’s third year on the LPGA. She hasn’t missed a cut since the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open and increased her number of top-25 finishes to 13 this season from five in 2012. Although disappointed that she didn’t notch a second career victory, Korda realized the yearlong consistency that she set out to achieve.
“Just maturity, being more comfortable,” Korda said of the reason for improvement. “Not really getting psyched out too much about making the cut, thinking, Oh, my God; I’ve got to make money here; I’ve got to make money there. It will come naturally if you just play the game you fell in love with.”
Korda jumped from 32nd to seventh in greens in regulation and was 11th on tour in birdies, despite playing in only 21 of 28 events.
More change is on the way for the 20-year-old as she prepares to move into a home she purchased down the street from her parents’ house in Sarasota, Fla. Korda realized she had outgrown her childhood room when she came home from the Solheim Cup
to find boxes piled high. She figured she had three choices: Buy a storage unit, build a bigger closet or move out.
Because her younger brother and sister are too young to drive, Korda wanted to make sure they could ride their bikes over to visit. Next year should bring even more growth to the young homeowner.
Korda says: “You’re still trying to find what will make you more consistent and keep you up on the leaderboard. I still haven’t found it exactly. I’ve kind of found bits and pieces of it.”