Meghan MacLaren spoke about her disappointment in the LPGA Tour Q-Series, getting her Ladies European Tour card and where she plans to compete in 2022 – listen to the full interview on the latest Sky Sports Golf podcast

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Meghan MacLaren narrowly missed getting her LPGA Tour card last month

The first full event of the LPGA Tour season takes place this week at the Gainbridge LPGA, live on Sky Sportswith the tournament being an opportunity for many Q-series graduates to impress at the highest level.

The Q Series is one of the most grueling events on the golfing calendar, with players competing in eight rounds – over a two-week period – to try and secure their playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for the next season.

Meghan MacLaren was among the players who took part in last month’s contest, narrowly missing out on her LPGA Tour card, with the Englishwoman revealing to Sky Sports Golf the challenges she faced during her two weeks in Alabama.

“It’s very hard to describe,” MacLaren told the Sky Sports Golf Podcast. “When you’re there, you hardly notice until something is wrong or you step off the golf course. It’s like holding your breath for five hours straight or walking a tightrope for five hours. .

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“While you’re in it, you just put in front of each other and do what you have to do, but the second you get down you’re like oh my god, I have to lay down. But obviously, you can’t lie down, you have to practice because you know if you shoot 73 tomorrow, it could be.

“That balance of trying to get the rest you need to survive two weeks like this, while playing your best golf because it’s incredibly tough and competitive, is what I find the hardest.”

MacLaren has spent most of 2021 playing on the Symetra circuit

MacLaren has spent most of 2021 playing on the Symetra circuit

MacLaren was inside the projected standings for a playing card before the eighth and final round, only for her to double bogey her two opening holes on her way to a closing 75 that saw her miss her status on the LPGA Tour.

“When it’s two weeks, or one round like it was for me at the end, you just don’t want to be in that scenario,” MacLaren added. “You want to have played well enough to take care of business long before that, although that’s a lot easier said than done.

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“I think at some point you just went on autopilot, because I don’t think I could give up even if I wanted to. You find a way to make yourself believe that you can still do it. I think I would’ I had to be five pennies for the next round, which is doable, so I tried to stick together.

“Even on the opening green when I doubled I was scrambled because I just wanted to go back 10 minutes and never have that happen again. I could stand on that tee 100 times or stand in that fairway 100 times and not make double those positions, so how did I let it happen?

MacLaren won the Prasco Charity Tournament on the Symetra Tour last season

MacLaren won the Prasco Charity Tournament on the Symetra Tour last season

“These are the questions you’re trying to answer while you’re still trying to play golf, this self-doubt and pure confusion about how I did this?! You look back and think there’s a million ways to stop that from happening, but right now you’re just trying to do the right thing.”

Rather than putting the clubs aside for a much-needed winter break, MacLaren immediately made the trip from the United States to Spain for the Ladies European Tour qualifying school, after seeing his exemption for winning the Women’s NSW Open to end at the end of the 2021 campaign.

MacLaren avoided further heartache at Q-School by safely securing her Ladies European Tour privileges for 2022, finishing with a share of fourth place, although she admits she will likely spend most of the season next to play across the Atlantic.

“I think from now on I’m going to focus on the Symetra circuit,” MacLaren said. “In an ideal world, I would play very well and that might free me up to play the LET later in the year.

Sky Sports will once again be the home of live golf in 2022, with all four men's majors and five women's majors, plus a record number of live action on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.

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Sky Sports will once again be the home of live golf in 2022, with all four men’s majors and five women’s majors, plus a record number of live action on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.

Sky Sports will once again be the home of live golf in 2022, with all four men’s majors and five women’s majors, plus a record number of live action on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.

“The only downside is that if you want to go to the LPGA Tour, you have to go to the Q-School if you want to join the LET. You can get into the Q-Series, but you can’t get more than that. that.

“Having been through Q-School many times, I obviously never try to get into it. I just want to do everything I can to take that out of the equation, and to be honest, the Symetra Tour has done some me a better player and I learned a lot about myself.”

Download and listen to the latest Sky Sports Golf podcast and don’t forget to subscribe via Spotify or Apple Podcasts! The LPGA Tour season continues this week at the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio. Watch live Thursday from 4.30pm on Sky Sports Golf and – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.