Ally McDonald lifted by 18th-hole birdie

Apr 4 2019 Rancho Mirage CA USA Lexi Thompson tees off on the second hole during the first round of the ANA Inspiration golf tournament

Apr 4 2019 Rancho Mirage CA USA Lexi Thompson tees off on the second hole during the first round of the ANA Inspiration golf tournament

In-Kyung Kim tees off on the third hole during the second round of the ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills CC - Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

McDonald is now closer to her first LPGA win, but recognizes the talented field fighting alongside her.

"It's my privilege to play with Juli", Kim said.

Twelve months ago, eventual victor Pernilla Lindberg took the opening round lead with a 7 under 65 but nobody looked like posting a similar number today.

Kim finally avenged that disappointment in 2017, when she captured her first major win at the AIG Women's British Open along with two other Tour victories.

Fowler had a share of the early lead with two holes to play.

"I think in this position, which I've never been in, it's so easy to get ahead of yourself", said McDonald, 26. "Obviously, finishing bogey-bogey is a bit disappointing, but I'm happy with the score. Lots of positives, so looking forward to the weekend". "I feel like I'm doing that and I can I feel like I can still compete".

Her only regret was that her one-shot lead was not bigger. "All the experience, too, that I have had, I can use to that my advantage or at least try to use it to my advantage".

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Ally McDonald went to bed last night hoping to remain as calm possible for the second round of the ANA Inspiration.

Hull's initial response was immediate when she birdied the second and third before she added another at the seventh in an outward 34, and she coped well with the breezy conditions in a run of 10 straight pars which she broke with a confident birdie at 18 which lifted her to three under par.

"I played the par-fives really well today, which is exciting", McDonald said.

Thankfully for Perth's Minjee Lee, the world No.3 and one of the pre-tournament fancies, her closing bogey in an uncustomarily flat 73 didn't sink her chances, still just five strokes from the lead.

Kim, the 2017 Players Championship victor, leads by a shot over Abraham Ancer, J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard, and Jhonattan Vegas. "I don't think they really thought through with the extreme winds and crosswinds that they had coming in".

Lydia Ko, the 2016 victor, matched playing partner Thompson with a birdie on 18. She birdied the next two holes and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 75, leaving the 2016 victor 1 over. Hamilton's Alena Sharp (70) is tied for 42nd at 2 over. After a 341-yard drive at the par-5 18th, he pulled his approach into the stream fronting the green but still managed par.

Michelle Wie missed the cut, shooting 74-75 in her first event since withdrawing during the first round of her Singapore title defence because of pain in her right hand.

The defending champion Pernilla Lindberg from Sweden is tied for 42 after round one, having finished one-over-par.

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