Leona Maguire feels her game "clicked nicely" as she marked her progress with an excellent start to the LPGA Mediheal Championship.

The Cavan native leads the way after the opening round in California on seven under.

Speaking after that encouraging tournament start, which continues a strong first half of 2021 for her, Maguire said the conditions at the Lake Merced Golf Club gave her a helpful sense of familiarity.

"It's a tough golf course. You really have to hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. I've been playing nice as of late. Things just haven't been quite clicking, and they clicked nicely this morning," she said.

"I suppose first arriving it felt like home. It's a lot of the same style of golf course, same weather as home. Got a nice feeling straight away when we arrived on Monday."

The 26-year-old, who turned professional two years ago this month, added: "Obviously there have been a few bumps here and there, (but I'm) kind of finding my feet a little bit better this year.

"It was nice to have a half a season last year, technically still my rookie year, to figure it out. Symetra Tour was a tremendous help to just get used to professional golf, travel and get used to making cuts and working my way up the leaderboard."

Maguire also touched on the potential of contending for a place in Europe's Solheim Cup team when they take on USA in August in Toledo, Ohio.

"I've played two Junior Solheims, had a great time. I love matchplay, and it's one of those things the better I play, the better chance I have.

"I just kind of have to keep doing what I'm doing and see what Beany (Europe captain Catriona Matthew) thinks come after British Open," she said.