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Solheim Cup report Leona Maguire

Why Leona Maguire is convinced she’s taken a huge stride to major glory

Leona Maguire went into a major final round with the lead for the first time at Baltusrol. She may not have won, but the Irishwoman still found plenty of positives

 

Leona Maguire believes her near miss at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship proves her game can stand up to the major challenge.

The Irishwoman held the 54-hole lead in one of the game’s big five tournaments for the first time at Baltusrol but slipped to tied 11th after a final round 74.

But the 28-year-old was far from disappointed with her week in New Jersey and, looking ahead to next week’s US Open at Pebble Beach, along with the third Aramco Team Series event in London, she declared she took confidence from her week’s work on America’s east coast.

“I think I’ve played some really good golf. Obviously, it’s one thing playing good golf in regular tournaments,” Maguire said.

“But knowing that you can complete with the best golfers in the world, and at a major and a venue like Baltusrol, I think I can take a lot of confidence from that and Baltusrol was one of the toughest tests we probably had.

“It was a really, really good golf course and a really good test. So it’s nice to know my game stacks up at a venue like that, and then you just take that confidence into Pebble next week.

“It’s all about just putting myself in positions to contend and that’s exactly where you want to be on Sunday at any tournament and, certainly majors.

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“I take confidence and know my game is in good shape and we’ll try and build upon that momentum for Pebble next week.”

Maguire, now a fixture on the LPGA Tour in the United States, will be one of the star draws of the Aramco event at Centurion, alongside World No. 2 Nelly Korda, Georgia Hall, and Charley Hull.

The event will see 36 teams of four – three professionals and one amateur – battle it out at the St Albans venue for a $1 million prize fund.

With a busy summer, including a tilt at the Solheim Cup to come, Maguire said she was looking forward to the Aramco event and the months ahead.

“I’ll be spending pretty much nearly all the summer in Europe and that’s something I’m really looking forward to,” she explained. “I’ve never been to Centurion before but I’ve heard great things about the golf course.”

She added: “There are plenty of Irish people around London so, hopefully, we’ll have plenty of people out to support and cheer us on that week.”

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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