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Dubliner Kearney enjoys fine start in Gran Canaria, Maguire and Meadow miss cut Stateside
Niall Kearney is three shots off the lead after an opening round 66 at the inaugural Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

LAST UPDATE | Apr 23rd 2021, 9:17 AM

DUBLINER NIALL KEARNEY has enjoyed a fine start — finishing round one in style — at the inaugural Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

Kearney is three shots off the lead after an opening round 66, which included a string of four birdies in his final seven holes.

Cormac Sharvin also put down a good start, and is one shot further back after clocking six birdies which cancelled out a bogey and double bogey on the 11th and 12th.

Greystones man Paul Dunne and Bangor’s Jonathan Caldwell, are two under going into Friday’s second round.

Robin Roussel (France), Maximilian Kieffer (Germany), Joost Luiten (Netherlands) and Joachim B. Hansen (Denmark) share the lead on 63, with tournament host Rafa Cabrera-Bello revelling in some socially-distant support as he made an excellent start to his bid to end an almost four-year winless drought on home soil.

He carded carding six birdies and a solitary bogey in an opening 65.

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Elsewhere, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow will both sit out the final two rounds at the latest LPGA Tour event in Los Angeles, having failed to make the cut.

Maguire hit the halfway point of the Hugel Air LA Open on three-under, having carded a second-round 76. A double bogey on the sixth hampered her progress, before bogeys on the 15th, 16th and 17th ultimately ended her participation after a birdie-less round.

Fresh off her best LPGA Tour finish of tied-second in Hawaii, the Cavan native lay four shots off the lead after the opening day, her flying recent form continuing before coming to a sudden halt.

The 26-year-old now heads for a US Open qualifier on Monday before being fully-vaccinated and returning home for a two-week break, as per the Irish Golfer.

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Meadow carded a 76 of her own having been three-under par through her first five holes on Thursday. Six bogeys and a double-bogey on the 16th saw her involvement end,  having missed the cut by five strokes at seven-over par.

Atop the leaderboard, USA’s Jessica Korda powered into a three-shot lead at 13-under after a bogey-free six-under 65.

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