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Maguire makes history with victory on the European Tour

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Beaming faces for historian Leona Maguire. (Image: Leona Maguire X)

Ballyconnell native Leona Maguire became the first Irish player to win a Ladies European Tour event last Friday with a stunning one-shot victory in the Aramco Team Series event.

The 29-year-old landed an eagle on the last hole and secured victory in Hemel Hempstead.

Maguire entered the tournament as the top seed and led from the first round, but after a difficult period she recovered and finished the tournament with a strong result, for which she received $75,000.

For the number 23 in the world rankings, it was already the fifth victory since turning professional, after previously winning two on the LPGA Tour and two on the Symetra Tour.

After a disappointing final round for Maguire, it looked as if American Alison Lee would take the win, but a bogey on the final hole ruined her chances of victory.

After the win, Maguire said: “I did it the hard way today, I think. It was tough out there. I didn’t play my best golf, but Dermot, my caddie, kept telling me to be patient. It was nice to finish in style on hole 18.”

“I’m excited for the summer ahead and couldn’t ask for a better start. I was just trying to hit a good putt.

“It was a bit like a Solheim Cup. I knew no Irish woman had ever won the LET. That putt was for me, that putt was for my family and that putt was for Ireland. It was a proud moment.”