GOLF: Clyburn clinches her big American dream

Holly Clyburn
Holly Clyburn
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Woodhall Spa’s Holly Clyburn experienced the highs and lows of the world of professional golf in the space of just a few days last week.

The 23-year-old teed things off in thrilling style by qualifying for the US Ladies Open in dramatic style.

However, she came off course in her defence of the Deliotte Ladies Open title at The International course in Amsterdam when she failed to make the cut.

It was a disappointing end to what promised to be a memorable week for Clyburn, who will now focus on the US Open at the world famous Pinehurst No.2 course next month.

According to her twitter feed, Clyburn main mission is to find a putter that works for her.

It was a different story in the US Open qualifier at The Buckinghamshire course.

With two holes to play, Clyburn’s hopes were hanging in the balance.

However, she produced an amazing birdie-birdie finish to her round to book one of eight places at Pinehurst.

She almost drove the green at her penultimate hole to set up the first birdie and then fired a tee shot a to within eight feet of the pin at the par three last and promptly rolled in the putt.

That performance meant Clyburn headed into the Deloitte Open full of confidence and many experts predicted she would make a strong defence of the her maiden title on the European Ladies Tour.

Her opening round of 73 was solid rather than spectacular, but her hopes of moving up the leaderboard disappeared on day two.

She dropped shots at two of the first three holes to reach the turn in 38, but then slipped back even further with four bogies in five holes at the start of the back nine.

A double bogey seven at the par five 15th was followed by two birdies, but a six at the last saw her card a 79 for a 36 hole total of 152 - one shot adrift of the cut.

Fortunately, Clyburn had already booked an early flight to America and she told the European Ladies Tour website: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the start of good things I suppose.

”When I was an amateur, I played in the US quite a lot and I always played pretty well and my friends said that it suited my game.”