Saturday 24 August 2019

Watch: Leona Maguire opens up on her great start to life as a professional golfer

Leona Maguire at The Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club in Cavan.
Photo by Steve Humphreys
5th July 2019
Leona Maguire at The Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club in Cavan. Photo by Steve Humphreys 5th July 2019
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Leona Maguire has made a strong start to life as a professional golfer, winning twice in her first nine events on the Symetra Tour.

Although Maguire is currently playing on the second-tier women's professional tour in the USA, her hot start this year indicates that it won't be long before she makes the step up.

She is currently third on the money list with $78,839, and is on course to earn her full LPGA Tour card at the end of this year. This is after a stellar amateur career where she spent 135 weeks as world number one as well as winning US College Player of the Year twice.

In Saturday's Irish Independent, Maguire opens up to Sinead Kissane about her journey into professional golf, as well as giving an insight into what makes her so mentally strong. Her twin Lisa is a sensational golfer in her own right, and Leona says that the sibling rivalry has helped her improve.

"Probably competing and having to deal with things from a young age. Practising and competing against Lisa, that definitely helped as well," says Leona.

"I like playing under pressure, that’s what you practise for. They’re the situations you want to be in, they’re kind of the most fun for me. Having a twin sister, we were always competitive. It didn’t matter what it was - if it was snakes and ladders, if it was a game of football out in the back garden or up here at the golf-course. I suppose we got used to competing and people comparing us from a young age so there’s always been that little bit of a sense of pressure. That pressure comes from - not necessarily other people - but from myself as well to do my best."

Read the full interview with Leona Maguire in Saturday's Irish Independent.

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