Wednesday July 3, 2024 9:33 p.m.

SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON – JUNE 22: Leona Maguire of Ireland hits an approach shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club on June 22, 2024 in Sammamish, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Leona Maguire leads the Aramco Team Series at the Centurion Club in St Albans after the first lap as she and Austria’s Sarah Schober have pulled away from the rest of the field.

Maguire, who has not won a professional tournament since a two-shot LPGA victory in 2023, leads at 7 under par, one shot ahead of Schober in second.

Spain’s Nuria Iturrioz and England’s Megan Dennis join Wales’ Chloe Williams at -4.

“We all had a few birdies on the course which really helped us,” Maguire said. “We have a good atmosphere within the team which made the game more enjoyable.”

Pre-tournament favourite Charley Hull withdrew after six holes yesterday morning after consulting a physiotherapist, while women’s golf star Nelly Korda withdrew from the golf series supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund after she was bitten by a dog before the tournament.

London hosts the third event of this year’s Aramco Team Series, following Tampa and South Korea, before another stop in Asia and a season finale in Riyadh – Hull finished runners-up in both previous tournaments played this year.

Team Iturrioz lead the team standings with Team Hull and Team Maguire also at -14.

Play continues this morning at the Centurion Club, which until this year also hosted the UK leg of the LIV Golf League.