After a long bogey against eight birdies Thursday, Englishwoman Holly Clyburn shot her best round of 2017, a 7-under-par 64 at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.
Clyburn, who recently took a holiday and had a number of phone calls with her coach and father back home in England, said she felt she found ‘something’ late last week and was hopeful for this week at the Blythefield Country Club, especially considering that the course reminded her of her course at home.
“I think it’s a bit of mindset as well as trusting where I need to be right now,” she said of what’s recently changed for her.
“We’re working on a few things in my swing and it’s just that I’m getting used to it. It was just a matter of time that this movement that I’ve been working on worked this week, and I’m quite happy that it’s worked out.”
The Englishwoman sits one behind 19-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson, in a large chasing pack that includes Stacy Lewis, Shanshan Feng, and Lexi Thompson.
Lydia Ko made her LPGA tour return, firing a 6-under-par 65 with just one bogey.
She said shooting a low score in her return was positive.
“I think the three weeks (off) were really good to just rest both physically and mentally. There were a lot of things going on, so it was nice to just get away from (golf). But I did miss (golf) and it’s definitely nice to be able to come back,” she said.
“To play strong after those few weeks off is good, and good for the confidence too.”
Ariya Jutanugarn, in her first event as World No. 1, struggled to an opening 2-under-par 69, and hit only 13 greens in regulation. But, she’ll tee off in the morning wave Friday in hopes of taking advantage of the more benign conditions.
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