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Late slip-ups costly for Ireland

Ireland faltered over the closing holes in Buenos Aires last night to surrender an extremely strong position in the opening round of the Espirito Santo Women's World Team Championships.

With three holes remaining they were four-under-par with two of the three cards counting and in joint second place, with only America ahead of them, but then came problems.

Slieve Russell teenager Leona Maguire, two-under-par for 15 holes, found all sorts of problems on the 398-yard 16th hole and ended up with a double bogey six before finishing with two pars for a level-par 72.

Danielle McVeigh, from Royal County Down, was also two-under through 15 holes but, after a par at 16, she dropped a stroke on each of the last two holes and also finished on 72.

Maguire's twin sister Lisa had a solid but unspectacular one-over-par round of 73.

Despite their late slip-up, Ireland are still well in medal contention at level-par, albeit eight strokes behind early leaders America. They are only four shots adrift of several countries sharing second spot.

  • American Anthony Kim has had his application to play on the European Tour in 2011 turned down. Kim (25) did not compete in the required 12 tournaments this year, but had hoped to obtain medical exemption after missing three months of the season with a thumb injury.

However, tournament committee chairman Thomas Bjorn said yesterday that Kim's failure to play any events on the European Tour since returning to action in August counted against him.

Irish Independent