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Thursday 17 October 2019

Maguire sets Major target after PGA invite

Leona Maguire is already eyeing the US Women’s Open, the Evian Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open
Leona Maguire is already eyeing the US Women’s Open, the Evian Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open

Leona Maguire will make her professional Major debut in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in June but she's got other Major dates in her sights.

Maguire got a special exemption into Hazeltine from her sponsors KPMG for consolidating her place into the world's top 300 following her breakthrough win in the Symetra Tour's Windsor Golf Classic.

Now she's eyeing the US Women's Open, the Evian Championship and the AIG Women's British Open and the work starts this week.

Along with twin sister Lisa, she tees it up in the Ladies European Tour's Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco before heading to the UAE for next week's floodlit Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic knowing that two big weeks could mean two more Major starts.

"The top-30 in the LET Order of Merit make the British Open, but I'll need to higher for the Evian," said 46th-ranked Leona, who plans to tee it up in Sectional Qualifying for the US Women's Open in Atlanta next month. "I'd probably need a win or two high finishes to make it to Evian, so if I qualify, great. If not, I'll continue chasing my main goal, which is to get my LPGA Tour card via the Symetra Tour.

"The KPMG Women's PGA is the only Major I didn't play as an amateur, but KPMG told me that if I got my world ranking inside the top 300, I would get in. I missed out last year, so it was nice to get that win in San Francisco. The invitation to Hazeltine was a nice cherry on top."

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