Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire both miss cut at season's opening major

Stephanie Meadow
Stephanie Meadow missed out on a full tour card for 2016

Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire both missed the cut by some distance at the season's opening women's major, the ANA Inspiration in California.

Jordanstown woman Meadow's second round 78 left her on 10 over, which was eight shots outside the cut mark at Mission Hills Country Club.

Cavan woman Maguire, currently ranked as the world's top amateur, hit a 76 on Friday which left her on seven over.

Japan's Ai Miyazato and American Lexi Thompson lead on seven under.

Meadow needed to break par after her opening 76 to have any chance of progressing to the weekend but seven bogeys ended her hopes.

Maguire, 21, also needed to better par on Friday but her round included four bogeys and a double bogey, as well as two birdies.

Leaders Miyazato and Thompson lead a six-strong group by one shot which includes world number one Lydia Ko and Sweden's Suzann Pettersen.

England's Charley Hull and Michelle Wie are among those two off the pace on five under.

Others to join the Ulster pair in missing the cut included American stars Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang plus Germany's Solheim Cup player Sandra Gal.

Meadow finished third in the US Women's Open on her major debut in 2014 but endured a difficult 2015, with her father Robert dying after a battle against pancreatic cancer.

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