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Shibuno leads British Open as Korda stars in borrowed clothes

Friendly rivals: Japan’s Hinako Shibuno (left) embraces South Korea’s Park In-bee

GULLANE: Japan’s Hinako Shibuno took the lead at the Women’s British Open with an opening six under par 65 at Muirfield on Thursday as US star Jessica Korda stayed in touch despite having to play in borrowed clothes.

Three years ago, Shibuno won the major at the parkland Woburn course — she actually arrived presuming it would be a links course — but she admitted it was a completely different test over Scotland’s famous Open venue.

The 23-year-old made the perfect start with birdies at the first three holes and she went on to make eight altogether to offset two bogeys.

She led by one from Korda and by two from Mexico’s Gaby Lopez and local…

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