In the year In 2021, Scotland’s Louise Duncan made her 10th appearance at the AIG Women’s Open, leading the home crowd at Carnoustie after 18 holes and playing in the third-to-last group on Sunday.
In the year Flash forward to 2022 and Duncan is once again making noise at the AIG Women’s Open. The 22-year-old turned professional last week and missed out on the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. But she seems to have earned her fireworks in the first round of Muirfield. Playing in the opening group with Scottish legend and fellow Stirling graduate Catriona Matthews, Duncan carded a 4-under 67, birdied the par-5 17th and tied for fourth.
“I’ve been struggling with the driver lately. I got a new head on it and it looks like the lefts and rights are sorted,” said Duncan, who had a 4:30 a.m. alarm just before 6:30 a.m. “Yes, I am very happy with the driver. Overall, I’m happy with my game. Hit more greens. I hit a lot of great putts and stayed patient which resulted in a putt on 17. Yes, it was a good day.
Last week’s escape was apparently stumbled upon in Dundonald Links, 15 miles from Duncan’s West Kilbride home. She said she felt she played well, but it didn’t show up on her score. However, playing as a newly minted professional hasn’t changed her game plan as she ranks as one of the best female golfers in the world.
“It really doesn’t feel that different. Still the same game. I get asked this question a lot,” Duncan said. “As I said yesterday, I don’t have a salary and I still feel like an amateur.