MUIRFIELD, Scotland – Playing in borrowed clothes doesn’t seem to bother Jessica Korda at the Women’s Open.
Still waiting for her suitcase to arrive at Muirfield, Korda recovered from an early bugbear to shoot a 5-under 66 in the first round on Thursday, putting her shot behind Japanese leader Hinako Shibuno.
Canadian Brooke Henderson, who won the Evian Championship last month, was 1-under.
Korda made four little birds and an eagle on the 17th despite the lack of her regular clothes after her luggage got stuck at an airport in Switzerland.
“If anyone knows someone at Zurich airport who would like to put my suitcase on the only flight a day they have arriving in Edinburgh, I would deeply appreciate that,” said Korda. “I know where it is, I have an air tag on it. I can’t get anyone to really take it. … I wore Megan Khang’s pants on Monday. On Tuesday I wore my sister’s pants and on Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. Today I’m wearing FootJoy pants “.
Shibuno, the 2019 champion, birdies on the first three holes and went on to card eight in total in her 65. Scottish Louise Duncan and Mexican Gabby Lopez were tied for third place, two back shots.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve played so well, especially putting. Honestly it was a little scary, “Shibuno said via an interpreter.” I haven’t changed much. My caddy told me my body balance was wrong when I was missing putts. Once I focused on that, I could play a lot. better”.
Jessica’s sister Nelly Korda was in 13th place after rolling a 70.
Catriona Matthew, also a former Women’s Open champion and two-time Solheim Cup winning captain, was selected to hit the opening tee shot on Thursday after growing up near Muirfield, which hosts the event for the first time. Just six years ago Muirfield didn’t even allow women to set foot in the clubhouse.
Matthew fought for a 5-over 76, scoring double bogeys on 1st and 10th and failing to make a single birdie.
“To be the first women’s game by event to be played here is fantastic, and for me to be local it was a great honor to hit the first tee shot,” said Matthew. “Apart from the two doubles, I actually played quite well. It’s a bit frustrating. “