In borrowed clothes, Korda makes strong start at Muirfield

MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) - Playing in borrowed clothes doesn't appear to bother Jessica Korda at the women's British Open.
Still waiting for her suitcase to arrive at Muirfield, Korda recovered from an early bogey to blast a 5-under 66 in the first round on Thursday, putting her a shot behind leader Hinako Shibuno of Japan.
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Korda made four birdies and an eagle on the 17th despite missing her normal attire after her luggage got stuck at an airport in Switzerland.
"If anyone knows anyone at Zurich Airport who would like to put my suitcase on the one flight a day they are coming into Edinburgh, I would greatly appreciate it," Korda said. "I know where it is, I have a flight tag on it. I can't get anyone to actually get it. ... On Monday I wore Megan Khang's pants. Tuesday I wore my sister's pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee's pants. Today I am wearing FootJoy pants.”
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Shibuno, the 2019 champion, birdied the first three holes and totaled eight maps in her 65. Scotland's Louise Duncan and Mexico's Gabby Lopez finished third, two strokes behind.
"It's been a long time since I've played this well, especially putting. To be honest, it was a bit scary," Shibuno said through an interpreter. "I haven't changed much. My caddy told me that my body balance was out of whack when I missed putts. Once I focused on that, I could play a lot better."
Nelly Korda, Jessica's sister, placed 13th after shooting a 70.
Catriona Matthew, also a former women's British Open winner and two-time Solheim Cup winner, was chosen to hit the first tee on Thursday after growing up near Muirfield, which is hosting the event for the first time. As recently as six years ago, Muirfield wouldn't even allow women to set foot in the clubhouse.
Matthew fought his way to a 5-over-76, double bogeyed the first and tenth and didn't manage a single birdie.
"It's great to be the first women's pro event to be played here and for me as a local it was a great honor to hit the first tee," said Matthew. “Apart from the two doubles, I actually played quite well. It's a little frustrating."
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