ANA Inspiration: Mel Reid and Georgia Hall three shots from the lead of Nelly Korda

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Nelly Korda's best finish in a major was third at the PGA Women's Championship 2019 ] -6 N Korda (US); -5 IG Chun (Kor), M Sagstrom (Swe); -4 B Henderson (Can), Y Liu (Chn), D Kang (USA), K Tan (Mas), N Koerstz Madsen (Den) Selected: -3 M Reid (Eng), G Hall (Eng); -2 H Shibuno (Jpn), L Thompson (US), S Meadow (NI); -1 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng)

England's Mel Reid and Georgia Hall are three shots behind America's leader Nelly Korda after the first round of the ANA Inspiration, the second major of the year for women.

The world's number three, 22, fought the heat of 34C, exacerbated by the California wildfires, to get a six-under-66.

Hall – the 2018 Women's Open Champion – made three birdies in a bogey-free round at Mission Hills Country Club.

Reid took three shots on the first nine and then one on the 11th in her 69.

Korda, daughter of the Australian Open 1998 tennis champion Petr and whose sister Jessica is also in the top 20 in the world, birdied two of her opened three holes and birdied last to claim the lead in the first round.

South Korea & # 39; s In Gee Chun, with two major titles and a runner-up at the ANA Inspiration 2016 on her resume, she is behind Korda at fifth bottom, along with Madelene Sagstrom from Sweden.

Brooke Henderson of Canada and America's runner-up Danielle Kang, whose only big wins were in the 2016 and 2017 PGA Championship respectively – are two out of five players at four below.

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland is second under – like world number 12 Lexi Thompson of America – with England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff one more punch back after a 71 on Mission Hills & # 39 Dinah Shore job.

Caddies are allowed to use buggies due to the heat and that policy could apply to players as well.

"It was absolutely hot from my round in the beginning," said Korda, player of the US Solheim Cup.

"Then we got a little bit of cloudiness towards the end, so that was really fun. Just drinking a lot of water and being really patient is key."

Women & # 39; s Open Champion Sophia Popov was banned from entering the tournament because she was not an LPGA Tour member in March, when the ANA was originally scheduled to start.

The English Charley Hull is also absent after testing positive for coronavirus .

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