Tuesday 25 June 2019

Maguire edges closer to coveted LPGA ticket

Leona Maguire. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Leona Maguire. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Three wins in a season no longer means automatic promotion to the LPGA Tour but Leona Maguire will still be gunning for her third Symetra Tour victory in Alabama this week, writes Brian Keogh.

The Slieve Russell star (24) has made a scintillating start to 2019, winning her second pro title on the second-tier LPGA-run circuit by five shots on Friday thanks to a bogey-free 67.

She's now well on her way to winning her LPGA Tour card and with the top-10 money winners at the end of the season guaranteed promotion, she's on top of the standings, $21,864 ahead of her rivals with $73,790 from six starts.

"It's nice to play well, but it's nice to win when you play well," said Maguire, who has five straight top-five finishes on the Symetra Tour, winning for the second time just the week after losing out in a five-hole sudden-death play-off in Atlanta.

"It was a great turnaround this week to come out again guns blazing, keep my foot down."

She tees it up in the Zimmer Biomet Championship in Auburn on Thursday but knows a win in an LPGA Tour event would be a fast track to the LPGA Tour this year.

She will get the chance to see how her game stacks up on the biggest stage when she plays in next week's US Women's Open in Charleston and the KPMG Women's PGA at Hazeltine in Minnesota next month.

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