Jessica Korda Shoots 65 in Borrowed Golf Clothes, Follows Hinako Shibuno at Women’s Open

MUIRFIELD, Scotland — Playing in borrowed clothes doesn’t seem to bother Jessica Korda during the Women’s Open.

Still waiting for her suitcase at Muirfield, Korda recovered from an early bogey to shoot a 5-under 66 on the first round Thursday, putting her 1 shot behind leader Hinako Shibuno of Japan.

Korda made four birdies and an eagle on the 17th, despite missing her normal clothes after her luggage got stuck at an airport in Switzerland.

“If anyone knows anyone at Zurich airport who would be willing to put my suitcase on that one flight a day to Edinburgh, I’d really appreciate it,” Korda said. “I know where it is, I have an AirTag on it. I can’t get anyone to actually go get it. … Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore the pants by Alison Lee . Today I wear FootJoy pants.”

Shibuno, the 2019 champion, made birdies on the first three holes and carded eight in all on her 65. Scotland’s Louise Duncan and Mexican Gabby Lopez came in third, two shots back.

“It’s been a long time since I played so well, especially with putts. Honestly, it was a little scary,” Shibuno said through an interpreter. “I haven’t changed much. My caddy told me my body balance wasn’t right when I missed putts. When I focused on this, I was able to play much better.”

Nelly Korda, Jessica’s sister, finished 13th after shooting a 70.

Catriona Matthew, also a former Women’s British Open champion and two-time winning captain in the Solheim Cup, was selected to hit the opening Thursday after growing up near Muirfield, which is hosting the event for the first time.

It was only six years ago that Muirfield didn’t allow women to even set foot in the clubhouse.

Matthew struggled to a 5-over 76, made double bogeys on first and 10th and failed to make a single birdie.

“It’s the first professional women’s event to be played here, it’s great, and being local it was a huge honor to get the first tee shot,” said Matthew. “Except for the two doubles, I actually played pretty well. It’s a bit frustrating.”

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