Eire’s Leona Maguire rolled 9 birdies within the opening spherical of the LPGA Mediheal Championship and took the lead with 7 underneath. However the large query earlier than the primary lap at Lake Merced: How would Lexi Thompson fare?
After a devastating collapse on the US Ladies’s Open lower than six kilometers from the Olympic Membership, Thompson took a photograph shoot on Monday after which went straight again to work. She is presently in 14th place at Mediheal after a 1-under-71.
“I actually solely surrounded myself with my dad and my supervisor,” Thompson stated when requested how she tried to sit down again. Thompson additionally famous that she was attempting to get as many autographs as potential.
“I simply actually targeted on the nice that got here out on Sunday and the nice that I had all week.”
Thompson, presently in 14th place, stated she hit two “dodgy” tees on Thursday however rolled them properly. She hit 9 fairways, 14 greens and took 33 putts. She additionally packed up for Eagle on the fifth par-5.
“It was good that I simply did not go house and take into consideration every little thing,” she stated of the choice to play this week.
Thompson naturally bounced again with a Kingsmill Championship win shortly after that brutal ANA Inspiration 2017 defeat. She additionally gained the ShopRite LPGA Traditional proper after ending second on the 2019 US Ladies’s Open.
Rookie Maguire has a brand new Irish caddy on his again this week and stated Lake Merced feels at house. It’s also the primary time since final February that an equivalent twin sister Lisa is on tour with Leona. The couple deliberate to go to the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday afternoon.
“I suppose the climate is much like house, even the golf course is much like house,” stated Maguire. “It’s extremely inexperienced and lined with timber, a bit like what we get at house. Northern California was good for me and I gained my first Symetra occasion not removed from right here so all these golf programs match my eye and Lydia (Ko) was nice enjoyable to play with and we performed these loads collectively final months at Lake Nona. “
To maintain the latest Stanford storylines going, Cardinal graduate Albane Valenzuela is holding a stake of the third after a 4-under 68 with former teammate Ziyi Wang, which emanates from Emily. Wang, a Rhodes Scholar, graduated from Stanford with a grasp’s diploma in worldwide politics on Wednesday.
“She’s actually like my greatest, greatest pal from school,” Valenzuela stated, “and this week neither my father nor my brother might caddy as a result of my brother is on the Mexican Am, so I referred to as her and stated, ‘Are you able to? please caddy for me? ‘ It was like, ‘dealt’. Reply inside 5 minutes. Actually cool.”
Inbee Park makes a gaggle of three taking the headlines and makes 4 consecutive birdies on numbers 4-7. Park stated she could not get an excessive amount of relaxation after USWO as a result of she was taking part in Harding Park with just a few mates earlier this week.
The LPGA Corridor of Famer is a big fan of Bay Space programs.
“In fact the climate is a bit chilly these two weeks and we’ll be in summer season after that,” she stated, “however I actually loved taking part in these two programs. They’re slightly totally different. Each actually good layouts that I actually take pleasure in taking part in. “