Eire’s Leona Maguire rolled in 9 birdies within the opening spherical of the LPGA Mediheal Championship to take a one-shot lead at 7 underneath. However the massive query heading into the primary spherical at Lake Merced: How would Lexi Thompson fare?
After struggling a devastating collapse on the U.S. Ladies’s Open, lower than 4 miles down the street at The Olympic Membership, Thompson took Monday off for a photograph shoot after which bought proper again to work. She’s presently tied for 14th on the Mediheal after a 1-under 71.
“Actually simply surrounded myself with my dad and my supervisor as effectively,” mentioned Thompson, when requested how she tried to reset. Thompson additionally famous that she tried to signal as many autographs as she might.
“Simply actually targeted on the nice that got here out of Sunday, and the nice that I had that entire week.”
Thompson, who’s presently tied for eleventh, mentioned she hit two “iffy” tee pictures on Thursday however rolled it effectively coming in. She hit 9 fairways, 14 greens and took 33 putts. She additionally pitched in for eagle on the par-5 fifth.
“It was good that I simply didn’t go house and ponder over all of it,” she mentioned of the choice to play this week.
Thompson, after all, rebounded with a victory on the Kingsmill Championship shortly after that brutal loss on the 2017 ANA Inspiration. She additionally received the ShopRite LPGA Basic instantly after a runner-up end on the 2019 U.S. Ladies’s Open.
Rookie Maguire has a brand new Irish caddie on the bag this week and mentioned Lake Merced has a house feeling to it. It’s additionally the primary time equivalent twin sister Lisa has been out on tour with Leona since final February. The pair deliberate to go to the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday afternoon.
“I suppose the climate is much like house, even the golf course is much like house,” mentioned Maguire. “It’s very inexperienced and kind of tree-lined just a little bit like what we get at house. Northern California’s been good to me and I received my first Symetra occasion not too removed from right here, so these form of golf programs swimsuit my eye and it was a variety of enjoyable to play with Lydia (Ko), and we performed rather a lot collectively over the previous few months at Lake Nona.”
In conserving the current Stanford storylines going, Cardinal grad Albane Valenzuela holds a share of third after a 4-under 68 with former teammate Ziyi Wang, who goes by Emily, on the bag. Wang, a Rhodes Scholar, graduated from Stanford with a Grasp’s diploma in worldwide coverage on Wednesday.
“She’s actually like my greatest, greatest buddy from school,” mentioned Valenzuela, “and this week neither my dad or my brother might caddie as a result of my brother is enjoying within the Mexican Am, so I referred to as her and I used to be like, ‘Are you able to please caddie for me?’ She was like, ‘finished deal.’ Reply inside 5 minutes. Actually cool.”
Inbee Park headlines a bunch at 3 underneath, making 4 consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-7. Park mentioned she didn’t get an excessive amount of relaxation after the USWO as a result of she performed Harding Park with a couple of associates earlier this week.
The LPGA Corridor of Famer is a big fan of Bay Space programs.
“Clearly the climate is just a little bit chilly for these two weeks and we’re going to be in the summertime after this,” she mentioned, “however I actually loved enjoying these two programs. They’re just a little bit completely different. Each actually good layouts I like to play.”