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In borrowed clothes, Korda makes strong start at Muirfield

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MURFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Playing in borrowed clothes doesn’t seem to bother Jessica Korda at the British Women’s Open.

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Still waiting for her suitcase to arrive at Muirfield, Korda bounced back from an early scare to go 5-66 in the first round on Thursday, leaving her one shot behind leader Hinako Shibuno of Japan.

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Korda made four birds and an eagle on the 17th despite not having proper clothes after her luggage got stuck at an airport in Switzerland.

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“If anyone knows of anyone at Zurich airport who would like to put my suitcase on one flight a day they arrive in Edinburgh, I would really appreciate it,” Korda said. “I know where he is, I have an airmark on him. I can’t get anyone to actually go get it. … On Monday, I put on the Megan Khang pants. On Tuesday I wore my sister’s trousers and on Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s trousers. I’m wearing FootJoy pants today.”

Shibuno, the 2019 champion, birdied the first three holes and hit eight of her 65 cards in total. Scotland’s Louise Duncan and Mexico’s Gabby Lopez finished third, two shots back.

“It’s been a long time since I played so well, especially putting. To be honest, it was a bit intimidating,” Shibuno said through a translator. “I haven’t changed much. My caddy told me that my body was out of balance when I took hits. Once I focus on that, I can play much better.”

Nelly Korda, Jessica’s sister, placed 13th after her 70th roll.

Catriona Matthew, also a former British Open Women’s Champion and two-time Solheim Cup captain, was chosen to tee off on Thursday after growing up next to Muirfield, which hosts the tournament for the first time. Just six years ago, Muirfield wouldn’t even let women set foot in the club.

Matthew struggled to score 5 out of 76, making double ghosts on first and 10th and failing to make a single birdie.

“Being the first women’s professional tournament to be held here is great, and as a local, it was a huge honor for me to hit the first tee shot,” said Matthew. “Other than two doubles, I actually played pretty well. It’s a little frustrating.”

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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