Who is Leona Maguire?
Leona Maguire is an LPGA Tour winner, Solheim Cup winner and a former World No.1 in the amateur game.
The Irishwoman is one half of identical twins both in late November 1994 in Cavan in the Republic of Ireland. She was born 15 minutes after Lisa, who was also a professional golfer until she retired in 2019. Maguire had an amazing amateur career, and was destined to be a golfing star from a young age.
She won the Mark H McCormack Medal in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for being the leading female amateur golfer in the world at the end of each year. That came during her time at Duke University, where she was the best in the world. She spent more than 130 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Maguire has gone on to win four times as a professional, with two of those wins coming on the LPGA Tour. After winning twice on the Symetra Tour in 2019, Maguire had to wait until 2022 for her first LPGA victory. That came at the LPGA Drive On Championship, and she then won again a year later, at the Meijer LPGA Classic.
The Irishwoman was a part of Team Europe in the 2021 Solheim Cup. She produced the best ever rookie performance in both Solheim and Ryder Cup history. She gained 4.5 points from her 5 matches, more than any rookie ever in either of the team events. Her 4.5 points is second only to Caroline Hedwall’s perfect 5-0-0 record in the Solheim Cup back in 2013.
Leona Maguire | An Overview
Name: Leona Maguire
Born: November 30, 1994
Nationality: Republic of Ireland
Residence: Cavan, Republic of Ireland
College: Duke University
Turned Pro: 2018
Professional Wins: 4
Highest World Ranking: 10 – June 26, 2023
Best Results In Majors
Professional Wins – 16
2019 (2) – Windsor Golf Classic, Symetra Classic
2022 (1) – LPGA Drive On Championship
2023 (1) – Meijer LPGA Classic
Achievements and Awards
Mark H McCormack Medal – 2015, 2016, 2017
Leona Maguire | What’s In Her Bag?
Driver: Ping G430 LST (10.5°; Ping Tour shaft)
Fairway Woods: Ping G430 Max (14.5°, 17.5°, 23.5°; Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 65 S shafts)
Irons: Ping i210 (5-UW; KBS Tour TGI 80 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (55°, 60°)
Putter: Ping 2.0 Ketsch
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Leona Maguire
When and where was Leona Maguire born?
Leona Maguire was born in Cavan in the Republic of Ireland in November 1994. Having been a promising swimmer, Maguire decided to focus on golf at the age of 9.
When did Leona Maguire turn professional?
Maguire turned professional in 2018 after graduating from Duke University. She won the Mark H McCormack in 2015, 2016 and 2017, becoming the second woman after New Zealand’s Lydia Ko to win the award in three consecutive years. Rose Zhang has done the same since, achieving the feat from 2020 to 2022. Maguire’s professional debut came on the LPGA Tour at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and he then made her Symetra Tour debut the week after.
How many professional titles has Leona Maguire won?
As of September 2023, Maguire has won four times as a professional. Two of those have come on the Symetra Tour, with the other two being on the LPGA Tour. The Irishwoman won for the first time in 2019 on the Symetra, and she shortly added a second title to that. 2022 saw Maguire win the LPGA Drive On Championship, her first win on the LPGA Tour. She then won again on the tour a year later.
Did you Know?
Solheim Cup Debut History
Maguire’s debut in the Solheim Cup was a historic one. She only made her first appearance in the sport’s biggest women’s competition in 2021, but she accrued 4.5 points from a possible 5. That was the highest tally by a rookie in the competition’s history, and the second highest total in a single Solheim Cup. Only Caroline Hedwall has done better, when she took a perfect 5-0-0 in 2013.
Age Records Galore
During her younger years, Maguire became the youngest player in several competitions. She was the youngest player to ever play in the Curtis Cup, at the age of just 15 in 2010. She is also the youngest player to ever feature at the Vagliano Trophy and the youngest to win the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, doing so at the age of 14.
Ryder Cup Presenters
In 2006, after Team Europe had won the Ryder Cup at the K Club, Leona and twin sister Lisa carried the Ryder Cup trophy onto the stage for the presentation ceremony.
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