Maguire bogey-free after 36 and three back in Thailand

Ronan MacNamara

Leona Maguire at Siam Country Club (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

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Leona Maguire is hoping to go through the gears on the greens over the weekend after putting herself into position to contend for a second LPGA title at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Maguire posted a four-under 68 to move to nine-under-par and she is yet to drop a shot through 36 holes.

Birdies at 1, 4, 7 and 15 have moved the Cavan star into a share of 8th place and within three shots of leader and local favourite Natthakritta Vongtaveelap.

The world number eleven played the course from the short grass all day, by hitting 14/14 fairways but did struggle to feel the pace of the greens.

“Yeah, it was steady. Still haven’t made a bogey, which is nice. Left a lot of putts short today, which is a little bit frustrating,” Maguire reflected. “But overall really solid.”

Low scoring looks set to be the order of the weekend and Maguire is hoping to see a few more putts drop as she hunts her second win on the LPGA Tour.

The 28-year-old had four successive top-10 finishes before playing in Saudi Arabia last week so she feels confident with her game tee to green.

“Yeah, feel like my game is in good shape,” she added. “Played well at Nona few weeks ago and was solid last week in Saudi as well. Just trying to take that into this week, and hopefully hole a few more putts over the weekend.

“I think the golf course, the way it’s set up you have to go low and you know everybody is going to make birdies, so you just have to try and make as many as you can.”

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