Leona Maguire shot a round of 62 to move into the lead after the first round of the Pelican Championship on the LPGA Tour.

The Cavan native managed eight birdies in a flawless round to set a new tournament record low score, and move two strokes clear of Sei Young Kim of South Korea.

"It was pretty stress free," said the 27-year-old after her round.

"I played all the par threes really well, birdied all of them which really helped. Yeah, it was just really, really solid, hit a lot of greens, gave myself a lot of chances, and holed some nice putts.

"My coach Shane (O'Grady) is with me this week, he hasn't been out in two years. It's been nice having him here and it's all clicking nicely.

"Just being more comfortable in this sort of pairings. Sei Young and Lexi (Thompson) are two of the best players in the world.

"Just believing in myself. Playing my own game and doing what I do best."

Compatriot Stephanie Meadow got around in 70, managing six birdies, three bogeys, and a triple bogey to finish on level par in a tie for 48th.

South Korea’s Kim, the world number four, was on six under after also recording a blemish-free round that featured four birdies and an eagle.

The field was bunched behind them with seven players in a tie for third on five under including world number one Nelly Korda and fellow American Lexi Thompson.

Lydia Ko, the winner in Saudi Arabia last week, was in a tie for 14th on three under and world number two Ko Jin-young was two under.

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