MUIRFIELD, Scotland — Playing in borrowed clothes doesn’t seem like a hassle. Jessica Korda Open to women.
Korda, who is still waiting for her luggage to arrive at Muirfield, recovered from an early bogey to shoot a 5-under 66 in 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 losing her regular clothes after her luggage got stuck at a Swiss airport.
“I would really appreciate it if anyone knows of anyone in Zurich airport who would like to put my luggage on a flight on the day they come to Edinburgh,” said Korda. “I know where it is, I have an Air Tag on it. I can’t let anyone find it. . . . Monday I wore Megan Kang pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants, and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee pants. Today I wore Foot Joy pants.”
2019 champion Shibuno made birdies on the first three holes to complete an eight-under 65, with Scotland’s Louise Duncan and Mexico’s Gabby Lopez tied for third, two shots back.
“It’s been a long time since I played this well,” Shibuno said through the interpreter. My caddy told me my body was off balance and I lost putts. Once I focus on that, I can play a lot better.”
Nelly KordaJessica’s sister shot 70 and tied for 13th.
Catriona Matthews, the former women’s British Open champion and two-time champion, was chosen to hit the opening tee shot on Thursday after growing up near Muirfield, which is hosting the Solheim Cup for the first time.
It was six years ago that Muirfield didn’t even allow women to set foot in the clubhouse.
Matthews struggled with a 5-over 76, making double-bogeys at the first and 10th and failing to make a single birdie.
“It’s great to be the first women’s professional to play here, and it was an honor for me to hit the first tee shot because I’m in the area,” Matthew said. “Other than the two doubles, I’ve played really well. It’s a little frustrating.”