Irish rookie Leona Maguire leads Meijer LPGA Classic | Sports news

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – Leona Maguire shot an 8-under 64 on Friday and took the three-stroke lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic, the second straight week that the Irish rookie has topped the leaderboard.

The 26-year-old former Duke player is trying to become the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history. Last week in California, she finished ninth in the LPGA Mediheal Championship after leading after the first round.

“Everyone is getting low. You know you have to go downstairs, ”said Maguire. “It’s not really time to look around or even look back. It means keeping your foot down and moving on, doing as many birdies as possible. “

Maguire had an overall score of 15 under 129 at Blythefield Country Club. After rain and thunderstorms delayed the start for two hours, Maguire birdieed her first nine holes, bogeying No. 1 and No. 2.

“You can’t really protect a trail,” said Maguire. “You can’t just try to do pars and stuff. Somehow you have to go along with everything. You have to hit a lot of fairways here. It’s hard when you get to the immeasurable. With 1 and 2 I knew everything. “

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Su Oh from Australia finished second after a bogey-free 65.

“I hit a lot of greens. I think I only missed one or two, “said Oh. “Then I actually drilled a bomb at 2, I think, about 60 feet. I thought, ‘Oh, here comes a bogey.’ But it came to my surprise. “

Linda Duncan was 11 under after 65 years.

“I did two for a long time on the second nine on holes like 13 or 16, something like that, and that really kept the momentum going,” said Duncan, also a former Duke player. “And then a birdie with two putts to finish 18 was great.”

Nelly Korda shot a 66 to get under 10, tied with Anna Nordqvist (67), Mina Harigae (66), Brittany Altomare (66) and Lizette Salas (66).

“The greens were definitely a lot softer today, so you could be more aggressive,” said Korda after her morning lap. “Yesterday through afternoon they were really slow, but really bouncy and firm. It was like a really strange combination. “

Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had her second 68 to hit 8 under.

The leader Young Ko was 6 under after her second 69. 60-year-old Juli Inkster was one more blow back after a 68.

Brooke Henderson, 2017 and 2019 winner of the event that was canceled last year, missed the cut after rounds 75 and 67 by one line. The Canadian played without sister Brittany for the first time since 2016 – sidelined because of visa problems – at her side as her caddy.

The big KPMG Women’s PGA Championship takes place next week at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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