GOLF: Clyburn ‘gutted’ by early US Open exit

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Woodhall Spa golfer Holly Clyburn admitted she was ‘gutted’ not to make the cut in her debut at the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Clyburn headed into the tournament in confident style and admitted her preparations had gone really well.

However, the odds were stacked against her after an opening round of 79 over the formidable number two course at the Pinehurst complex.

Clyburn restored some pride with a 72 on day two but her aggregate 36-hole hole score of 11 over par left her a couple of shots short of going through to play in the final two rounds.

Clyburn, who revealed she had been struggling with a ‘locked neck’ for most of the event, said: “It wasn’t easy out there. There were some really tricky pins but I feel totally gutted to miss the cut.”

Despite having to watch the final two rounds from the sidelines, Clyburn described the US Open - won by Michelle Wie - as a tremendous experience.

On day one, she dropped a shot at her opening hole and was five-over at the turn. Four more shots trickled away on the back nine as the carded that 79.

Her scoring in the second round was much more solid and she was only one over for her outward nine. She held things together on the inward nine but a bogey at the par four 16th dashed any hopes she had of making the cut.

Clyburn wasn’t the only player to struggle over the demanding course which had proved to be an equally testing venue for the US Men’s Open the previous week.

Fellow English players Laura Davies and Rebecca Hudson finished even further down the field.

Clyburn will now focus on her European Tour commitments - and the British Women’s Open at Royal Birkdale from July 10-13.