Leona Maguire Cruises to Historic LPGA Tour Title

The 27-year-old had started the final lap with a share of the lead. However, six birdies in a 10-hole streak catapulted Maguire to a three-stroke victory and a small slice of history, as she became the first ever winner on the Irish LPGA Tour.

“It’s a bit surreal, it’s been 17 years in the making and you wonder if it’s ever going to happen, but I’m honestly very proud of the way I’ve played all week, especially today.” , Maguire said.

“I mean, Dermot (Maguire’s caddy), was amazing on the sack today and he kept me calm all week. I have a lot of people to thank, it’s been a long road and I’m so relieved if anything else.

Starting on the final day of the LPGA Drive On Championship, Maguire shared the lead with American Marina Alex. Early in the round however, it was Brittany Altomare who made the first round, with five birdies in a row from 2nd through 6th giving her a share of the lead with Alex, who was one under for her round.

Maguire has shown tenacity time and time again, however. At the Solheim Cup, for example, she was the only player to play in all five sessions, earning four and a half wins in her rookie performance. Being a Florida comeback, the 27-year-old would ignite, producing birdies on the 7th and 8th to take a one-stroke lead into the back nine.

More birdies followed on the 10th, 11th and 13th to extend his lead to a comfortable five shots. Even with the likes of Lexi Thompson trying to chase the Irishman, Maguire held steady, with another win in the 16th keeping her lead intact.

Maguire lines up a putt

Maguire spent 135 weeks as the world’s number one female amateur

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Despite a bogey in the last par-5, the historic title was Maguire’s, with his three-stroke victory well received around the world: “I worked hard in the offseason and I knew my game was close” , Maguire said.

“This win is huge for Irish golf, there has never been an Irish player on the Tour, let alone a winner. I hope there are plenty of people watching at home tonight with great smiles on their faces and little girls watching who think that one day they can punch that putt too.”

Michael C. Ford