Hinako Shibuno Atop AIG Women’s Open Leaderboard Through 18 Holes | LPGA

After morning rain gave approach to spectacularly blue Scottish skies, Hinako Shibuno once more proved her main prowess on the AIG Women’s Open. The 23-year-old Japanese celebrity, who received the 2019 AIG Women’s Open, carded a 6-under 65 within the opening spherical of the 2022 championship, being held for the primary time on the famed Muirfield.

“It has been a long time since I’ve played this well, especially putting,” stated Shibuno, now a rookie on the LPGA Tour after spending three years on the JLPGA Tour. “Honestly it was a little frightening.”(*18*)

Shibuno’s 65, tied for the second-lowest opening spherical in AIG Women’s Open historical past, featured three consecutive birdies to open the day. It was additionally one shot higher than her first-round efficiency in 2019 at Woburn, a conventional parkland-style course. Confronted with this yr’s basic Muirfield structure, Shibuno was very happy with how she tailored her recreation to fulfill the weather and unconventional play required on a hyperlinks course.(*18*)

“Two years ago, when we were playing at Royal Troon, the wind completely over took my shots. I wasn’t thinking about how to use this to my advantage,” stated Shibuno. “However, this tournament I could adapt my style to the elements. I imagined my swing. If the wind was coming from the right, I could play by feel how far from the pin I needed to aim for.”(*18*)

American Jessica Korda holds solo second after a 5-under 66, simply the second spherical within the 60s of her 11 AIG Women’s Open appearances. Additionally it is her lowest 18 holes since a second-round 65 on the 2021 DIO Implant LA Open. “There’s so much going on on the golf course with the crosswinds, trying to figure out where you want to land the ball,” stated Korda, who performed carrying a Muirfield hat and borrowed pants together with her baggage caught in Zurich. “It’s nice, at the end I looked at the leaderboard but to be honest I was zoned in to what was going on. You have to stay on it here at all times.”(*18*)

Gaby Lopez and Louise Duncan, who tied for tenth as an newbie in 2021 and turned skilled two weeks in the past, sit tied for third at -4, whereas 5 gamers – together with 2022 main champions In Gee Chun and Minjee Lee – are tied for fifth at -3. Lee continued her streak of main success, now a mixed 58-under par for the reason that 2021 Amundi Evian Championship, 22 strokes higher than her nearest competitor.(*18*)

2021 AIG Women’s Open champion Anna Nordqvist opened her title protection with a 3-over 74 and is tied for 74th. Rolex Rankings World No. 1 Jin Younger Ko shot a 5-over 76 and is tied for 103rd.(*18*)

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