|-8 J Lee6 (Kor); -7 C Boutier (Fra), J Kupcho, M Harigae, S-Young Kim (Kor); -6 G Lopez (Mex), H Green (Aus), MJ Lee (Aus), N Korda, S-Yeon Ryu (Kor), T Suwannapura (Tha), WL Hsu (Tai), Y Saso (Phi); -5 A Thompson, EH Ji (Kor), G Hall (Eng), L Maguire (Irl), M Khang|
|Others selected: -3 C Hull (Eng)|
Irish Leona Maguire is three shots behind leader Jeongeun Lee6 after the first round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.
Maguire gave up a 67 of five under par for the tied 14th, but in contact with South Korean Lee who shot 64.
Maguire had four birdies in as many holes and, although she missed the ninth, the 26-year-old finished her run with an eagle on the 17th.
England’s Georgia Hall is also five under and Charley Hull two shots back.
The Naples event is the last event of the season on the LPGA Tour.
The season’s closing event at Tiburon Golf Club is limited to the world’s 60 best players and American Nelly Korda, who won the Pelican Championship last weekend, is battling South Korean Jin Young Ko for ranking number one.
Korda is tied for sixth in a tight field, two shots behind Lee at six under, while Young Ko is tied for 25th after a first round of 69.
Maguire started the year 177th in the world rankings but climbed to 45th place after a superb season.
An elusive first LPGA Tour victory is yet to come, but the Cavan native, who played for Europe in their Solheim Cup win over the United States in September, secured two second places this season.
Maguire later said: “The conditions were about perfect for scoring with no wind and some tees pushed up, so you had to birdie as many as possible.
“This week is kind of a bonus week and I’m trying to end the year as best I can”,