A week after coming to close to winning her maiden professional title at the IOA Championship Ireland’s Leona Maguire last night won the Windsor Golf Classic on the Symetra Tour in California.
Maguire 24 from Cavan, broke Lydia Ko’s record for the most weeks at the top of the World Amateur rankings, with 131 weeks in 2018. She turned professional in June 2018.
The victory last night came via a playoff with Pajaree Anannarukam, after Maguire shot a hugely impressive final round of 65. Anannarukam birdied the 18th to force the playoff.
However, the Cavan women birdied the first playoff hole, with a superb 14 foot putt to grab the win in just her 17th “Road to the LPGA” start.
Afterwards Maguire said, “I’ve been so close for the past few weeks and started off really well today, tried to keep my foot down. I suppose being so close last week gave me a little bit of extra motivation and it tastes a little sweeter today.”
“I knew the way the course was setup today, the greens a bit softer and I left a lot of chances out there yesterday,” said Maguire, who trailed by three shots entering the final round. “I chipped in on the first for birdie which kickstarted my round, then holed a few nice putts to keep the momentum going. The way the greens and pins were, I knew I had to go low to catch Pajaree, everyone was going to make birdies.”
On her maiden victory Maguire said, “I’ve been a bit more patient this year. I think I was too eager to try and rush things too quick last year, trying to play catch-up too much, didn’t give myself enough rest. This year has been nice, working my way into the season with some really good finishes and trying to get better every week. I knew I would get there eventually, took a little longer than I would have liked but it’s a great feeling.”