Maguire six off the pace in Thailand

Ronan MacNamara

Leona Maguire (Credit LET)

Ronan MacNamara

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Leona Maguire opened her Honda LPGA Thailand campaign with a steady round of 70 which leaves her six shots off the early lead.

Maguire shares 30th place on two-under-par with Chinese Taipei star, Peiyun Chien leading the way on eight-under.

The Cavan woman began with a birdie, bogey, birdie start before a third birdie of the round at the par-4 11th took her to two-under.

She dropped a shot on the par-3 16th but recovered with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th.

At the top, Chien put together a marvellous back nine of 31 to roar into the lead.

Having made the turn in three-under, with back-to-back birdies, she made it four in a row with birdies on the first and second. She birdied the sixth and eagled the seventh to move two clear of the field.

“I wish I can play like this every day, because golf is so hard,” she said.

“So my eagle is like last three hole. The shot is my comforting shot. Play a little high fade. It really happen, so I just really commit the shot and tried to compete every time I play the feeling, and I made it. It’s really perfect. Just on the green. Little chip, roll to the — close to the hole and it’s like a three-feet putt.

“I really see the line and this course a lot of grain, so you have to really care about the grain.”

Korea’s Sei Young Kim is in solo second on -6 while last week’s winner Patty Tavatanakit is part of an eight way tie for third on five-under-par.


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