Right. You’re the world No 1 by a country mile, you’re in the form of your life, you’ve won six of your last seven events and your rivals are on the cusp of locking you in the cellar of the clubhouse in a desperate attempt to give themselves a chance of winning.

How, then, do you sum up the last few glory-laden months? “I’ve definitely played some solid golf,” said a modest Nelly Korda as she made this period of extraordinary dominance sound about as thrilling as a lag putt.

With her smooth, graceful swing, Nelly the elegant has packed her trunk with all sorts of golfing bounty this year. At Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania this week, she will be aiming for a second major victory of a quite remarkable 2024 campaign.

Expectations, understandably, are huge as the richest event in women’s golf – the prize fund is a mighty $12 million – gets underway on this classic, tree-lined old school venue.

Korda takes all the hype and hoopla in her easy-going stride. Much of that hype and hoopla, of course, was diverted away from her the other day when Lexi Thompson, the long-standing sweetheart of American golf, made an announcement that should’ve been accompanied by a shout of ‘fore’ as she informed all and sundry that she would be retiring at the end of the season.

Thompson is just 29 but has been around for yonks. Back in 2007, she made her US Women’s Open debut at the age of 12. Korda, meanwhile, was a young ‘un of 14 when she got her first taste of major championship golf at the US Women's Open of 2013.

Here in 2024, she returns in the midst of a run of form that’s so hot, you could probably fry an egg on the face of her 3-wood. Golf may be a very individual game but Korda’s sustained excellence has been a team effort.

One of the keys to this astonishing purple patch has been the near constant presence at events of her two coaches, Jamie Mulligan and Brett Lederer, who can fine tune the various cogs and pistons of the Korda machine at the drop of a hat.

The only week when neither of those swing gurus were on site, at the Cognizant Cup at the start of the month, was the one occasion when Korda didn’t actually win in her last seven starts.

“I just didn't really hit it that well that week,” reflected Korda, who still managed a share of seventh. “I rarely had a coach out here with me last year and the years before and it’s so different to have someone out here with you instead of trying to figure it out on your own.

"So, making sure that my team is taking time for me and coming out and making sure that we're all dedicated to each other has really been the thing that has changed this year.

“I have to say it's my team around me who gets me in my bubble. We all just know that we're out here doing what we love. We all have the same goals in mind, and we're trying to accomplish one thing, and that's to hopefully lift the trophy by the end of the week.”

Winning has become habit for Korda in 2024 but she is not consumed by the expectations and doesn’t view everything through the prism of success on the golf course.

“Obviously I go into every week wanting to win, but there is a sense that sometimes that’s not realistic,” added the 25-year-old, who is looking to win the third major title of her career.

“For me, I need to give 100 per cent of myself every single day, not just to my golf, (but) to my family, my workouts, my life outside of golf. That’s the number one thing for me.”

The Lancaster club last held the US Women’s Open back in 2015. Korda wasn’t in the field that year but already knows how tough the test will be.

“It’s a beast of a golf course,” she said. “Off the tee, if you don’t hit it into the fairways, it sinks down into the rough. These greens are small and very, very undulated. It’s going to test every aspect of your golf game and your mental game.”

In this astounding year of accomplishment, Korda is up for the challenge.