BELLEAIR, Fla. — Solheim Cup star Leona Maguire thrived in a star grouping Thursday with an 8-under 62 for a 2-shot lead over defending champion Sei Young Kim in the Pelican Women’s Championship.
Maguire played alongside Kim and Lexi Thompson. No one in the group made bogey at Pelican Golf Club on a day ideal for scoring.
Maguire is still trying to become Ireland’s first winner on the LPGA Tour. Her best result is a runner-up finish at tournaments in Michigan and Hawaii this year.
For now, she happily is best known for going unbeaten in five matches to lead Europe to a Solheim Cup victory two months ago.
Maguire put on a clinic by hitting every fairway and taking only 24 putts.
“It was just really, really solid,” she said. “Hit a lot of…
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