AIG Girls’s Open: Shibuno takes first spherical lead at Muirfield – Golf Information

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Japan’s Hinako Shibuno rekindled her love for the AIG Girls’s Open after claiming the primary spherical lead at Muirfield with a gap 65..

On an historic day for girls’s golf because the East Lothian venue staged the championship for the primary time, the 2019 champion shone on the well-known hyperlinks. Shibuno, often known as the ‘Smiling Cinderella’ after selecting up the nickname following her triumph at Woburn three years in the past, opened with a formidable six-under-par 65 to set the early tempo.

With the morning starters having fun with heat and breezy circumstances – the wind gusted stronger for the afternoon gamers – Shibuno birdied the primary three holes. In complete, the 23-year-old combined eight birdies with solely two bogeys to earn a one-shot benefit over American Jessica Korda.

Whereas lacking some misplaced baggage this week, Korda saved her composure to put up a wonderful 66 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 seventeenth. Two gamers sit at four-under-par, together with newly-turned skilled Louise Duncan who rolled again the clock to her exploits at Carnoustie final yr when she posted a top-ten end to win the Smyth Salver because the main novice. Within the first group out at 6.30am – along with fellow Scot Catriona Matthew who struck the opening tee shot – Duncan was the early chief after two birdies in her first 5 holes. The 22-year-old thrilled the house crowds as soon as extra, additionally making an eagle on the seventeenth as she signed for a 67.

Mexico’s Gaby Lopez joined Duncan on four-under later within the day, helped by three birdies in 5 holes from the tenth. A five-strong group are well-placed at three-under-par, that includes Swede Maja Stark, In Gee Chun from Korea, France’s Celine Boutier, Australian Minjee Lee and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

Previous Open winners Inbee Park and Georgia Corridor posted rounds of 69 and 70 respectively, whereas defending champion Anna Nordqvist completed on three-over-par after a 74.

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