Most expected the big names -- King, Sheehan, Daniel and Lopez -- to surface in this $1 million tournament, but the name in the red numbers atop the LPGA Championship first-round leader board for part of yesterday was McGuire.

Was that Suzy or Sarah McGuire? Both are listed in the LPGA media guide. It was Sarah, who was 3 under par before bogeying her final hole and finishing with 2-under-par 69.

Sarah McGuire of the patented second-round collapse, who has missed the cut in nine of 16 events this year and collected a paltry $8,747. In 7 1/2 years on the LPGA Tour, McGuire has earned only $74,448 and has never won.

When asked if she will be affected by this week's huge purse, McGuire said: "Any money to me is big money. Look where I am on the list {132nd}." She won $11,523 last year and her best career finish was in her rookie season, 1983, when she tied for fifth in the United Virginia Bank Classic. "I'm going to savor what I can out of this round and try to do my best tomorrow," McGuire said.

The second-round demons will be there for McGuire, who shot a good opening round of 71 in last week's Phar-Mor tournament and then shot 77 the second day.

In Tucson in March, she followed an opening-round 73 with an 80.

In the duMaurier Classic, a major tournament earlier this month, she opened with 72 and followed with a 77.

It is not her shotmaking, but her inability to deal with the pressure that has caused McGuire sleepless nights. Those problems are magnified this week because this purse is the biggest in the history of women's golf.

"I see sports psychologists, I see the tapes and do all that stuff," McGuire said. "At this level, what most of the top 15 players do the same, I have to study. It would be very nice to do well tomorrow. My goal is to try and not force anything."

McGuire, 33, got a tip from veteran Marlene Hagge to play the ball further back in her stance and she reaped dividends yesterday. She made three birdies for a front-nine 34 and then chipped in from 30 feet for a birdie on the 10th hole. "I told my husband that's what I practice for," McGuire said.

On the tough, par-3 16th hole, she hit a 3-iron tee shot, the ball stopped 15 feet from the hole and McGuire "rammed it in" for birdie.

"I'm real pleased with the way I played. When I'm driving well, that's the good part of my game," said McGuire, who also made several key putts. "I've been playing the first round real well."

And now for the second.