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Aramco Team Series: Leona Maguire becomes the first Irish golfer to win at LET

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Image description, Maguire has already won twice on the LPGA Tour

Leona Maguire has become the first Irish golfer to win on the Ladies European Tour (LET) with a one-stroke victory at the Aramco Team Series in Hemel Hempstead.

The 29-year-old from County Cavan had a two-stroke lead on the final day of play at the Centurion Club, but needed a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff against Spaniard Maria Hernandez.

Instead, the world number 32 managed an incredible approach shot on the par 5 final hole before converting the putt for an eagle.

“I knew no Irish girl had ever won the LET before,” Maguire told Sky Sports.

“This putt was for me, this putt was for my family and this putt was for Ireland.”

“I did it the hard way. It was tough out there, I didn’t play my best golf.”

Maguire was the night’s leader after rounds one and two of the 54-hole tournament, birdieing her first and second holes on Friday to finish at 10 under par.

However, a double bogey on the seventh hole was part of a streak in which she lost four strokes in five holes.

After a bogey on hole 16, she was two strokes over par in her round behind Hernandez, who extended the clubhouse lead to seven under par with a bogey-free 68 strokes.

But with his fantastic second shot on the 18th hole, Maguire sank a 2.5-meter putt, got back to 8 under par and secured the win.

England’s Georgia Hall, who played in the final trio with her Solheim Cup teammate Maguire, also reached the 18th hole needing an eagle to seal the win but escaped with a par.

After finishing third in the individual rankings, tied with Irishwoman Lauren Walsh and American Alison Lee, Hall lost a play-off in the team competition against Frenchwoman Nastasia Nadaud.