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In borrowed garments, Korda makes robust begin at Muirfield

In borrowed garments, Korda makes robust begin at Muirfield

MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Taking part in in borrowed garments would not appear to trouble Jessica Korda on the Ladies’s British Open.

Nonetheless ready for her suitcase to reach in Muirfield, Korda recovered from an early bogey to shoot a 5-under 66 within the first spherical Thursday, placing her one shot behind chief Hinako Shibuno of Japan.

Korda made 4 birdies and an eagle on the seventeenth regardless of lacking her regular garments after her baggage bought caught at an airport in Switzerland.

“If anybody is aware of anybody on the Zurich airport that wish to put my suitcase on the one flight a day that they’ve coming into Edinburgh, I’d deeply recognize it,” Korda stated. “I do know the place it’s, I’ve an air tag on it. I can’t get anybody to truly go get it. … Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. As we speak I’m sporting FootJoy pants.”

Shibuno, the 2019 champion, made birdies on the primary three holes and went on to card eight in complete in her 65. Scotland’s Louise Duncan and Mexico’s Gabby Lopez have been tied for third, two photographs again.

“It has been a very long time since I’ve performed this nicely, particularly placing. Truthfully it was somewhat scary,” Shibuno stated by means of an interpreter. “I haven’t modified a lot. My caddie instructed me that my physique steadiness was off after I was lacking putts. As soon as I centered on this, I might play significantly better.”

Nelly Korda, Jessica’s sister, was tied for thirteenth after taking pictures a 70.

Catriona Matthew, additionally a former Ladies’s British Open champion and two-time profitable captain within the Solheim Cup, was chosen to hit the opening tee shot Thursday after rising up near Muirfield, which is internet hosting the occasion for the primary time. It was solely six years in the past that Muirfield didn’t permit girls to even set foot within the clubhouse.

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Matthew struggled to a 5-over 76, making double bogeys on the primary and tenth and failing to make a single birdie.

“Being the primary girls’s professional occasion to be performed right here, it’s nice, and me being native it was an enormous honor to hit the primary tee shot,” Matthew stated. “Aside from the 2 doubles I truly performed fairly nicely. It’s somewhat irritating.”

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Extra AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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