GOLF: Clyburn clinches top 30 spot to boost British Open hopes

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Woodhall Spa golfer Holly Clyburn warmed up for this week’s British Open with a top 30 finish in the Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire Club.

An aggregate total of 287 after rounds of 76,71,68 and 72 earned Clyburn 27th place in the star-studded field.

Clyburn will now be looking to build on that performance when she tees off in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale tomorrow (Thursday).

It was certainly a solid effort at The Buckinghamshire and Clyburn showed her usual battling qualities after a slightly disappointing opening round of 76.

She improved by five shots in the second round, helped by a front nine of 34 which included birdies at the eighth and ninth holes.

Her best round came on day three (Saturday) and this time it was a back nine of 33 that moved Clyburn up the leaderboard. Her 68 included six birdies.

On the final day, another sub-70 round would have lifted Clyburn into contention for a bigger share of the prize money.

She birdied her second hole - a long par five - but reached the turn in 36. She carded the same score over the inward nine for that 72.

Her final score of 287 ensured she one of England’s top finishers with Korea’s IK Kim taking the title on 270 (18 under), five shots clear of the field.

During the four days, Clyburn fired 17 birdies but, at the same time, had 16 bogies – something she will be aiming to put right at Birkdale.

As ever, Clyburn will face a daunting challenge as the Open has attracted 28 of the world’s top 30 players with Michelle Wie - winner of the recent US Open - one of the strong favourites.