Leona Maguire birdied four of her last six holes to grab a one shot lead at the halfway stage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Maguire heads the field on five-under-par after rounds of 69 and 68 at the difficult Baltusrol in what is her first major championship lead and she insists it’s too soon for her to be thinking of major glory.
“This is uncharted territory for me,” said Maguire who leads by a shot from Mel Reid, Celine Borge and Xiyu Lin. “Whatever happens this week, I’m sure I’ll learn a lot. I’m just taking it one day at a time.
“I think this golf course demands that. I think you can’t think more than one shot ahead, let alone a hole or a round ahead. Just really taking it shot by shot and trying to hit as good a shots as I can.
“Yeah, (winning) that seems like a long way away. I think dinner first tonight and then we’ll worry about tomorrow in the morning.”
As others struggled in the New Jersey drizzle, Maguire relished the conditions.
“I suppose if this weather was at home, nobody would even comment on it,” she said. “Yeah, it’s second nature. I’ve grown up in it. Most of the time at home, if you wait for a dry day, you’re not going to play golf very often.
“It doesn’t bother me. I know half the battle is having a good attitude and accepting it’s going to be the same for everybody and you’re going to hit good shots that are maybe not going to come off and things like that.
Not the longest player by any stretch, the 28-year-old has missed just two fairways and two greens over the first 36 holes.
After a dropped shot on 15 and a birdie on 17, she turned and made her charge on the front nine with birdies on 4 and 6 before a tap in birdie on the par-5 7th gave her a share of the lead.
She then hit a dart with a 5-hybrid to four-feet on the closing 215 yard par-3 9th to grab her first major lead.
“Yeah, really happy with how I played today,” said Maguire. “Weather was a little bit trickier today, especially on the back nine when that rain came in. I think we were just glad we got finished. We’ve been pretty blessed with the weather the last two days.