Broken driver no handicap for Aine Donegan at US Women’s Open

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Irish amateur and compatriot Leona Maguire one stroke off the lead after first round at Pebble Beach.
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July 7, 2023
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Irish amateur Aine Donegan is one shot out of the lead at the US Women’s Open after her first major championship round – despite a broken driver and the late arrival of her clubs.

Donegan recovered from starting the US Women’s Open with two bogeys to shoot a three-under-par 69 at Pebble Beach, one behind China’s Xiyu Lin and Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea.

She was joined in a group on 69 by compatriot Leona Maguire, who birdied two of the last four holes after also bogeying the first.

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Aine Donegan, of Ireland, hits from the fairway on the ninth hole at Pebble Beach (Darron Cummings/AP)

Donegan, playing in her first tournament on the LPGA Tour, arrived at Pebble Beach having helped Europe reclaim the Vagliano Trophy in Scotland – but without clubs.

When she was reunited with them on Tuesday, the driver was in two pieces and so she used one in a set pieced together by her club manufacturers.

The 21-year-old, who holed out with a wedge for an eagle to go with five birdies, said: “The whole thing has been a bit surreal to be honest. Nearly every five minutes it’s like a pinch-me moment.

“It wouldn’t be the first time I started bogey-bogey. For me to come back then and finish how I finished and play the rest of round, I’m really proud of myself for that.”

Maguire, who held the lead after the third round at last month’s Women’s PGA Championship before falling away, said it did not take her long to get over that disappointment.

She said: “It’s golf. These things happen. I think you have to get on with things pretty quickly, dust yourself off.”

She said playing a major at Pebble Beach has “been circled on the calendar”.

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff opened with a one-under-par 71, two better than compatriot Charley Hull and Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh, English trio Alice Hewson, Charlotte Thomas and Bronte Law finishing on 74 with Georgia Hall a further two strokes back.

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Rose Zhang chips to the sixth green during the first round of the US Women’s Open (Darron Cummings/AP)

Rose Zhang, the 20-year-old sensation who won on her professional debut earlier this season, opened with a 74.

World number one Jin Young Ko made only one birdie in an opening 79, three worse than number two Nelly Korda playing alongside her who put her opening drive over the cliff and onto the beach at the 10th.

Natthakritta Vongtaveelap of Thailand only made it through five holes of the first round when she was disqualified for her caddie using a rangefinder, which is allowed at other LPGA events.

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T1Hyo Joo Kim-468
T1Xiyu Lin-468
T3Leona Maguire-369
T3Allisen Corpuz-369
T3Bailey Tardy-369
T3Nasa Hataoka-369
T3Hae Ran Ryu-369
T3Aine Donegan (a)-369
T9Amari Avery (a)-270
T9Jeongeun Lee6-270
T9Benedetta Moresco (a)-270
T9Amy Yang-270
T13Brooke M. Henderson-171
T13Mao Saigo-171
T13Jiyai Shin-171
T13Haru Nomura-171
T13Angel Yin-171
T13Ruoning Yin-171
T13Jodi Ewart Shadoff-171
T13Patty Tavatanakit-171
T21Maja StarkPar72
T21Chisato IwaiPar72
T21Marina AlexPar72
T21Yuka SasoPar72
T21In Gee ChunPar72
T21Minjee LeePar72
T21Emma SpitzPar72
T21Jaravee BoonchantPar72
T29Gemma Dryburgh+173
T29Ting-Hsuan Huang (a)+173
T29Da Yeon Lee+173
T29Kana Mikashima+173
T29Celine Boutier+173
T29Charley Hull+173
T29Danielle Kang+173
T29Ally Ewing+173
T29Megan Khang+173
T29Moriya Jutanugarn+173
T39Aditi Ashok+274
T39Rose Zhang+274
T39Ayaka Furue+274
T39Madelene Sagstrom+274
T39Miyu Yamashita+274
T39Andrea Lee+274
T39Pajaree Anannarukarn+274
T39Alice Hewson+274
T39Ruixin Liu+274
T39Aline Krauter+274
T39Dewi Weber+274
T39Dottie Ardina+274
T39Farah O'Keefe (a)+274
T39Yuna Nishimura+274
T39Paula Reto+274
T39Albane Valenzuela+274
T39Lexi Thompson+274
T39Carlota Ciganda+274
T39Mina Harigae+274
T39Sei Young Kim+274
T39Lizette Salas+274
T39Haruka Kawasaki+274
T39Monet Chun (a)+274
T39Grace Kim+274
T39Bronte Law+274
T39Haeji Kang+274
T39Charlotte Thomas+274
T66Teresa Toscano+375
T66Linn Grant+375
T66Minami Katsu+375
T66Jenny Coleman+375
T66Perrine Delacour+375
T66Lauren Kim (a)+375
T66Grace Summerhays (a)+375
T66Pernilla Lindberg+375
T66Ashleigh Buhai+375
T66Gaby Lopez+375
T66Yana Wilson (a)+375
T66Nanna Koerstz Madsen+375
T66Brittany Lang+375
T66Azahara Munoz+375
T66Angela Stanford+375
T66Miyu Sato+375
T66Lindy Duncan+375
T83Julia Misemer (a)+476
T83Mirim Lee+476
T83Akie Iwai+476
T83Lydia Ko+476
T83Jennifer Kupcho+476
T83Atthaya Thitikul+476
T83Hannah Green+476
T83Eun-Hee Ji+476
T83A Lim Kim+476
T83Chella Choi+476
T83Manon De Roey+476
T83Emilia Migliaccio (a)+476
T83Momoko Ueda+476
T83Yuri Yoshida+476
T83Nelly Korda+476
T83So Yeon Ryu+476
T83Georgia Hall+476
T83Ariya Jutanugarn+476
T101Brooke Matthews+577
T101Celeste Dao (a)+577
T101Somi Lee+577
T101Min Ji Park+577
T101Cheyenne Knight+577
T101Sophie Linder (a)+577
T101Therese Warner+577
T101Aya Kinoshita+577
T101Alison Lee+577
T101Jenny Shin+577
T101Amanda Doherty+577
T101Sadie Englemann (a)+577
T101Kelly Xu (a)+577
T114Anna Nordqvist+678
T114Jess Baker (a)+678
T114Kum-Kang Park+678
T114Amelia Garvey+678
T114Laura Sluman+678
T114Kaili Xiao (a)+678
T114Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (a)+678
T114Zoe Antoinette Campos (a)+678
T114Narin An+678
T114Gabriela Ruffels+678
T124Marissa Chow+779
T124Jing Yan+779
T124Angela Zhang (a)+779
T124Hinako Shibuno+779
T124Daniela Darquea+779
T124Ayako Uehara+779
T124Anna Davis (a)+779
T124Jin Young Ko+779
T124Lilia Vu+779
T124Michelle Wie West+779
T124Saki Baba (a)+779
T124Hye-Jin Choi+779
T124Jeneath Wong (a)+779
T124Sung Hyun Park+779
T124Jill McGill+779
T124Amy Olson+779
T140Beatrice Wallin+880
T140Krissy Carman (a)+880
T140Annie Park+880
T140Annika Sorenstam+880
T144Maria Fassi+981
T144Xiaowen Yin+981
T144Ryann O'Toole+981
T147Allysha Mae Mateo (a)+1082
T147Joy Chou+1082
T147Milagros Chaves+1082
T150Megan Propeck (a)+1183
T150Hana Wakimoto+1183
T150Minori Nagano (a)+1183
153Chizuru Komiya (a)+1284
154Sarah Edwards (a)+1486
155Mackenzie Hahn+1688
DQNatthakritta Vongtaveelap
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US Women’s Open 2023

Date: July 6th - 9th 2023

Location: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California

Purse: $11,000,000

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