Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions: Five takeaways

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Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Nelly Korda of the United States during the final round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on January 20, 2019, at Tranquilo Golf Course at Fours Seasons Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1. Not as much rust as I expected

From 61st ranked Stacy Lewis and 32nd ranked Eun-Hee Ji to 9th ranked Brooke Henderson and 5th ranked Lexi Thompson, I was pleasantly surprised to see the LPGA champions playing championship-level golf.

Nelly Korda, who got her personal 2019 campaign off to a strong start with a solo 3rd finish, explained why she – and perhaps others – were playing mid-season rather than early-season games last week at Tranquilo:

It’s good to know that what I worked on in the offseason with my coach has kind of paid off this week. And still we have the whole year to go. So you never know what’s going to happen, but I’m just going to take it shot by shot and try to work on consistency this year.

Perhaps for many in the TOC field, knowing they were going to be competing against an elite field was just enough incentive to heighten their preparation. But Korda is right: if this is the way it starts, just sit back for a minute and imagine what the 2019 season promises.

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