Leona Maguire is the first Irish winner of the Ladies European Tour – The Irish News

Leona Maguire became the first Irish golfer to win the Ladies European Tour, winning by one stroke at the Aramco Team Series in Hemel Hempstead thanks to an eagle on the 18th hole.

The golfer from Cavan led the tournament throughout and had a narrow two-stroke lead on the final day of play at the Centurion Club.

She endured a difficult final round, needing a birdie on the final hole to force a playoff, but hit an incredible approach shot on the par-5 final hole before making the putt for an eagle.

Maguire was one stroke behind Spain’s Maria Hernandez, who shot seven under par on the final hole, but Maguire produced a remarkable finish down the fairway before sinking her putt.

She was the night’s leader after rounds one and two of the 54-hole tournament, recording a birdie on her first and second holes on Friday to reach 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 holed a 2.5-meter putt, got back to 8 under par and secured the win.

For the 29-year-old, it is already the fifth triumph as a professional, after previously winning twice on the LPGA Tour and the Symetra Tour.