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Meadow two-under after opening round of Major event in California

Leona Maguire finished one-over and Olivia Mehaffey is five-over.

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Updated Sep 11th 2020, 7:39 AM

STEPHANIE MEADOW MADE made a brilliant start to the second women’s major of the year as she went three-under after 12 holes of the opening round of the Ana Inspiration in California.

Meadow went three-under early in the back nine, but picked up consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14.

The Jordanstowns woman recovered to birdie the last and finished -2, four shots back from leader Nelly Korda.

The second women’s major of the year is taking place at the Rancho Mirage course in California with a backdrop of severe heat due to wildfires in the area.

25-year-old Maguire finished with a 73 after her opening round’s effors. She finished on a bright note with a birdie on the 18th to sit +1, a welcome boost after a slump in form in the middle of her back nine.

Maguire only dropped one shot in her first 12 holes, showing her consistent form as she fired nine pars.


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Down amateur player Olivia Mehaffey endured a difficult back nine as she ended up five-over after a 77. In a round of fluctuating fortunes, Mehaffey had eight bogeys and three birdies.

She dropped three shots in her first four holes while grabbing a birdie in the other. Her form then steadied notably and after picking up shots on the 8th and 9th, Mehaffey had reached the turn in level par.

That was a position that still stood after the 11th but then her form unravelled with bogeys on 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18 as she dropped down the leaderboard.

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