Tuesday 17 September 2019

Rising star Maguire gets chance to shine at PGA

Leona Maguire will compete in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Photo: PA
Leona Maguire will compete in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Photo: PA

Brian Keogh

RISING star Leona Maguire has accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Ranked No 1 on the Symetra Tour rankings following her maiden professional win in the Windsor Golf Classic earlier this month, the Slieve Russell star will tee it up at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota on June 18.

"It's going to be special week competing in this Major championship against an elite field on a golf course with so much history," said Maguire, who spent more weeks (135) as the world's top-ranked amateur than any player in the history of women's golf.

Currently ranked 232nd in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, she has risen over 150 spots since entering 2019 ranked 383rd.

Climb

She will have further opportunities to climb the list and move into contention for a Solheim Cup call up when she returns to action with back-to-back appearances on the Ladies European Tour.

The Co Cavan star tees it up in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco next week followed by the world's first professional day-night golf tournament - the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club - from May 1-3.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Russell Knox has confirmed he will defend the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch from July 4-7.

Knox (33) won dramatic fashion at Ballyliffin last year, holing a 45-foot birdie putt to force a play-off before sinking an almost identical one on the first extra hole to clinch a maiden Rolex Series title.

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