Leona Maguire is prepared for a proper Major test when the ANA Inspiration gets underway later today at a steaming hot Mission Hills Country Club.
The Cavan professional joins Jordanstown’s Stephanie Meadow and Royal County Down and Tandragee amateur, Olivia Mehaffey at the second Major on the women’s calendar this year having missed the cut at the AIG Women’s Open.
Maguire has been trying to recapture the form that saw her race to a top-5 finish in just her second LPGA Tour event of the season in Australia earlier this year but admits that it will be no easy task given the quality of field lining out at Rancho Mirage.
Whoever’s going to come through and take the spoils will have to adapt to red-hot temperatures in the mid -thirties in California, so hot that caddies have been permitted to use push carts this week. Whatever about players and caddies keeping hydrated though, the drying conditions could make for a parched golf course too, something Maguire expects to play a real factor in deciding the winner.
Thursday’s Irish tee times (Irish time)
Olivia Mehaffey 15.24
Leona Maguire 16.36
Stephanie Meadow 20.24
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