Ireland’s Leona Maguire rolled in 9 birdies in the opening spherical of the LPGA Mediheal Championship to take a one-shot lead at 7 below. But the large query heading into the first spherical at Lake Merced: How would Lexi Thompson fare?
After struggling a devastating collapse at the U.S. Women’s Open, lower than 4 miles down the highway at The Olympic Club, Thompson took Monday off for a photograph shoot after which received proper back to work. She’s presently tied for 14th at the Mediheal after a 1-under 71.
“Really just surrounded myself with my dad and my manager as well,” mentioned Thompson, when requested how she tried to reset. Thompson additionally famous that she tried to signal as many autographs as she might.
“Just really focused on the good that came out of Sunday, and the good that I had that whole 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 just didn’t go home and ponder over it all,” she mentioned of the determination to play this week.
Thompson, in fact, rebounded with a victory at the Kingsmill Championship shortly after that brutal loss at the 2017 ANA Inspiration. She additionally received the ShopRite LPGA Classic instantly after a runner-up end at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.
Leona Maguire strains up her putt on the fifteenth gap throughout the first spherical of the LPGA Mediheal Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California. Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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 first time similar 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 weather is similar to home, even the golf course is similar to home,” mentioned Maguire. “It’s very green and sort of tree-lined a little bit like what we get at home. Northern California’s been good to me and I won my first Symetra event not too far from here, so these kind of golf courses suit my eye and it was a lot of fun to play with Lydia (Ko), and we played a lot together over the last few months at Lake Nona.”
In maintaining 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 Master’s diploma in worldwide coverage on Wednesday.
“She’s really like my best, best friend from college,” mentioned Valenzuela, “and this week neither my dad or my brother could caddie because my brother is playing in the Mexican Am, so I called her and I was like, ‘Can you please caddie for me?’ She was like, ‘done deal.’ Reply within five minutes. Really cool.”
Inbee Park headlines a gaggle at 3 below, 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 number of mates earlier this week.
The LPGA Hall of Famer is a big fan of Bay Area programs.
“Obviously the weather is a little bit chilly for those two weeks and we’re going to be in the summer after this,” she mentioned, “but I really enjoyed playing these two courses. They’re a little bit different. Both really good layouts I love to play.”