Jessica Korda handles missing luggage with strong start at Women’s Open | Women’s Open


It’s troublesome sufficient to barter the vagaries of Muirfield with out the related problem of doing it in borrowed apparel. Jessica Korda’s opening 66 at the Women’s Open was worthy of additional credit score given her luggage stays trapped in Zurich airport.

So what exactly is Korda missing? “Other than my clothes? Sponsor’s hats,” she defined. “I am wearing a Muirfield hat right now. I have some great partners and it’s tough because you play well and you’re obviously in the hunt but you can’t wear their branding. Plus a lot of my warm stuff; my hand warmers. My hands get really cold so I wear gloves all the time. I’ve got a lot of heat patches for my lower back and my vitamins, don’t have that either.

“On Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s [Nelly Korda] pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. Today I’m wearing FootJoy pants.

“I gave up on it by Wednesday. If it comes here, great, but if not, it is what it is. At this point I’m playing a golf tournament. FootJoy sent me a bunch of clothes and we just tried to figure it out from there.”

The spotlight of Korda’s spherical was a transformed 20ft eagle putt at the seventeenth. She loves the battle related with hyperlinks golf. “It’s really fun but really stressful,” added the 29-year-old. “Definitely would like to not have to put a score together but it’s fun to be able to hit different shots. I’m aiming so far left or so far right of like my actual finishing line which is not something I do obviously on a weekly basis. So there’s a lot of trust in my golf game.”

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Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, who gained this occasion in 2019, strode to the highest of the leaderboard courtesy of a six-under-par 65. Simply two adrift is Scotland’s Louise Duncan, who’s enjoying in solely her second skilled occasion. A yr in the past, Duncan tied tenth within the Women’s Open as an novice. Final week, the 22-year-old missed the reduce on her skilled debut at the Scottish Open.

“I just wanted to go out and enjoy it,” Duncan stated. “Don’t take it too seriously. I got a wee bit down on myself last week. It was obvious. My head was down. I just wasn’t in a good mood.”

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