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

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It’s hard enough to negotiate Muirfield’s whims without the associated hassle of doing so in borrowed attire. Jessica Korda’s ’66 opener at the Women’s Open deserved extra credit considering her luggage got stuck at Zurich airport.

So what exactly is Korda missing? “Apart from my clothes?” Sponsor hats,” she explained. “I’m wearing a Muirfield hat right now. I have great partners and it’s difficult because you play well and you’re obviously in the race but you can’t carry their brand image. Plus lots of my hot stuff; my hand warmers. My hands get really cold so I wear gloves all the time. I have lots of heat patches for lower back and my vitamins, I don’t have any either.

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

“I gave up on Wednesday. If he comes here, so much the better, but if not, that’s what it is. Right now, I’m playing a golf tournament. FootJoy sent me a bunch of clothes and we just tried to figure it out from there.

The highlight of Korda’s round was a converted 20-foot eagle putt on the 17th. She loves the battle associated with golf links. “It’s really fun but really stressful,” added the 29-year-old. “I really wish I didn’t have to put a score together, but it’s fun to be able to hit different shots. I aim so far left or so far right as my finish line, which I obviously don’t do every week. So there’s a lot of confidence in my golf game.

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Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, who won this event in 2019, moved up to the top of the standings with a score of 65 under par. Just two drifts away is Scotland’s Louise Duncan, who is only competing in her second professional event. A year ago, Duncan was tied for 10th in the Women’s Open as an amateur. Last week, the 22-year-old missed the cut on her professional debut at the Scottish Open.

“I just wanted to get out there and enjoy it,” Duncan said. “Don’t take it too seriously. I got a little depressed last week. It was evident. My head was down. I was just not in a good mood.

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