How Jessica Korda is contending despite lost suitcase at AIG Women’s Open
In a story seemingly the inverse of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Jessica Korda has had four different pants suppliers so far this week.
“Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants,” Korda said after her first round at the AIG Women’s Open. “Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. And today I’m wearing FootJoy pants.”
How could the 5-foot-11 Korda fit into the 5-foot-1 Khang’s pants?
“She rolls her pants up,” Korda said. “Megan is like 5-foot nothing, so she rolls her pants up a lot. So they fit me perfectly.”
Korda’s suitcase has still not arrived in Scotland, echoing a story we’ve heard a few too many times this summer, including from this writer. After getting a little help from her friends (and sister) for the first few days of the week, her sponsor FootJoy came in with clutch shipment just before the first round.
Maybe the distraction during the beginning of the week allowed Korda to relax as she fired a 5-under 66, featuring four birdies and an eagle, to share second place, one stroke behind leader Hinako Shibuno after round one.
She said she accepted the bag wasn’t going to show up before the first round.
“I gave up on it by Wednesday,” Korda said. “If it comes here, great, but if not, it is what it is. At this point I’m playing a golf tournament. FootJoy sent me a bunch of clothes. Yeah, we just try to figure it out from there.”
She said she does have an AirTag tracking device on her suitcase, so she knew it was still at Zurich Airport. But she can’t get anyone to get it for her.
“So if anyone knows anyone at the Zurich airport that would like to put my suitcase on the one flight a day that they have coming into Edinburgh, I’d deeply appreciate it,” Korda said.
Hopefully the forecast of mid-to-upper 60s for the rest of the week holds, because most of Korda’s warmer clothes and gears were in her suitcase.
“My hand warmers,” she said. “My hands get really cold so I wear gloves all the time. That, and I’ve got a lot of heat patches for my lower back. And my vitamins, don’t have that.”