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Ireland's Leona Maguire still in contention at first Major of the Year

The Cavan golfer was tied for the lead at one stage in her second round before slipping back.

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Updated Apr 2nd 2021, 9:09 PM

LEONA MAGUIRE IS still in contention for the first LPGA Major of the year in California.

The Cavan golfer has built on her brilliant start to the ANA Inspiration tournament, the first of five Majors in the 2021 calendar on the LPGA tour. Maguire shot a first round 67 to share second spot at Rancho Mirage on five-under.

She was only a shot off the lead and at one stage today, she moved into that position at the top today with a birdie on the 12th, her third hole of the round. 

The 26-year-old had made a really solid start by carding pars on the rest of her front nine and was six-under after nine holes. She had an opportunity to go ahead as outright leader on the ninth but missed her birdie attempt and had to settle for reaching the turn on one-under for the day.

At that stage, she was in a four-way tie for first with a pair of Thai golfers, overnight leader Patty Tavatanakit, while England’s Georgia Hall had joined them on that number.

But on the front nine, her form was not as good. Three bogeys spoiled her card, each of them coming on Par 4s. She did birdie the second, her 11th, but finished with a one over round of 73. Still she is just three shots off the early clubhouse leader, Mariya Jutanugam, who was 3-under for the day. 

Overnight leader, Tavatanakit, started her round at 9.28pm Irish time.

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