GOLF: Clyburn finds the going tough in US Women’s Open

Tough start: Holly Clyburn
Tough start: Holly Clyburn
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Woodhall Spa golfer Holly Clyburn suffered a tough start to her debut in the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst yesterday (Thursday).

Clyburn was well down the field after an opening round of nine over par 79 on the formidable course in North Carolina.

Only five players were under par after the first round, including America’s Stacy Lewis who led the competition on three under.

Clyburn dropped a shot at the 374-yard first hole and carded three more bogies on the front nine and a double on the par four seventh. She had one birdie - at the fifth.

After reaching the run in 40, Clyburn covered the back nine in 39 shots with three more bogies and no birdies.

She wasn’t the only Enlgish player to struggle to master the course which was also the venue for the US Men’s Open the previous week.

Laura Davies was 12 over par and Lucy Williams 13 over.

Lucy Li, the youngster ever player to appear in the event at the age of 11, went round in 78.