Gemma Dryburgh riding on the crest of a wave in California on LPGA Tour

Helped by holing a 6-iron for an eagle-2, Gemma Dryburgh is off to another strong start on the LPGA Tour.

And the Aberdonian is hoping she can continue to be inspired by the ocean views on the California coast in the Palos Verdes Championship presented by Bank of America.

Dryburgh opened with a five-under-par 66 at Palos Verdes Golf Club to sit joint-sixth, three shots behind leader Minjee Lee of Australia.

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The Scot made her score with a front-nine burst that was sparked by that eagle at fifth, which she followed with two birdies in the next three holes then one at the 16th.

Gemma Dryburgh putts on the 11th green during the first round of the Palos Verdes Championship Presented by Bank of America at Palos Verdes Golf Club in California. Picture: Harry How/Getty Images.

“I had a 6-iron in and that green kind of was from front to back pretty severely,” said Dryburgh of the highlight of her round. “So we were just landing it on the front of the green and did exactly that.

“It then actually rolled just like a putt. We thought it was about maybe getting to five, ten feet, but then ended up going in, so that was pretty special.

“My caddie and I just had a big high five. We couldn't really believe it, to be honest. It was just rolling for so long and then, yeah, just rolled in.”

Maintaining her recent good form, Dryburgh had just 26 putts, hit 12 of 14 fairways and found 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

“It was nice to get off to a good start,” she added. “Just sets me up well for the rest of the week.

“Everything is kind of going well in my game. I'm hitting it well, so just got to keep that going and just keep looking at the ocean and the pretty views.”

On the Ladies European Tour, Michele Thomson remained inside the top 10 after the second round of the NSW Women’s Open after adding a level-par 72 to her opening 69.

The Aberdonian sits joint-sixth, just four shots behind leader Maja Stark after the Swede shot a 69 to move to seven-under.

Gabrielle Macdonald matched Thomson’s 72 to join her compatriot in making the cut on one-over, but Hannah McCook fell one short on seven-over following a 77.

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