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Nelly Korda diagnosed with blood clot, receiving treatment at home in Florida


Nelly Korda hits her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Cognizant Founders Cup last October.

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Nelly Korda, the No. 2 ranked golfer in the Rolex Women’s Rankings, announced on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with a blood clot and is recuperating at home in Florida.

Korda, 23, released a statement on Instagram outlining her condition.

Korda said she was in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Friday for a photo shoot and commerical appearance. After working out in the morning, she noticed swelling in her arm. At the advice of her doctor, she went to the emergency room, where the diagnosis was made.

The LPGA Tour has played the last two weeks in Asia, but Korda stayed home and was expected to playing in the JTBC Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., in a lead up to the year’s first women’s major, the Chevron Championship at Mission Hills. The two events are set for back-to-back weeks at the end of March. Korda's status for either event is unclear at this point.

Korda competed in the first three events of the 2022 LPGA season, finishing inside the top 20 in all three. Her best finish was a T-4 at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. She had been ranked No. 1 in the world at the start of the year, but was passed by Jin Young Ko in January after becoming longest reigning American to claim the top ranking at 26 weeks.

Korda is coming off the best season of her career in 2021, when she won four LPGA titles, including her first major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She also captured the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.