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Nelly Korda’s septuple-bogey ten wasn’t the only disaster to occur on the 12th hole during the opening round of the US Women’s Open.

Just ask Rachel Rohanna.

The 33-year-old qualifier had the honour of hitting the first shot in the 79th edition of the championship, taking place in her home state of Pennsylvania.

Her day was going pretty well, too. With plenty support from family and friends, Rohanna was only four-over – decent going in this particular championship, don’t forget – when she got to the par-3 12th.

That’s when things took a turn.

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Her husband Ethan was amongst the group following her with their two daughters in tow. One of those was their eight-month-old Greenlee.

With four groups backed up on the tee box, Rohanna had time to wander over to her family for a chat. And… well, we’ll let her take it from here.

“I was talking to my husband and looked down and happened to see that my youngest was just — went to the bathroom, all over the place,” she told reporters after her round.

“I was like, Ethan!

“So, I brought them inside the ropes and we went into a roped off area and changed her. It was a two-man effort to get that taken care of. It was everywhere.”

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To her credit, Rohanna managed to re-focus and parred the beastly 12th, eventually signing for a six-over 76.

“I gave myself a couple opportunities for birdie and I just really did not convert anything,” she added.

“Even a couple bogey putts that weren’t too far that I missed. It’s frustrating, but you’re watching your playing competitors and you can see people on other holes in tricky places.

“It could swing so much from one hole to the next. Patience is really not my middle name, but thought I did pretty good out there with that.

“My caddie really kept me in it. Just kind of reminded me of a few swing thoughts and putting thoughts out there.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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