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Maguire 'very proud' of Masters
06 Jul 2015 10:10
Predicting golfing success based on one tournament is a notoriously foolish thing to do - just think of 2003 Masters runner-up Len Mattiace, former US PGA Championship winner Mark Brooks or 1996 US Open champion Steve Jones.
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But it was hard not to get carried away by the performance of Irish amateur Leona Maguire in the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters last week, who missed out on a play-off after a bogey on the 72nd hole.
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The 20-year-old from County Cavan is ranked the top amateur in the world and has just completed her first year at Duke University in the United States, where she was voted the top player on the collegiate circuit and received the Annika Sorenstam medal after a stellar season.
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Starting the final round at Buckinghamshire Golf Club four shots off the lead, Maguire carded three birdies and one bogey to reach the turn in 34 before picking up another shot on the 11th.
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After a bogey on the 13th, Maguire bounced back with birdies on the 14th and 17th to move into a share of the lead, the latter birdie coming when she got up and down from a greenside bunker on the short par four.
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Unfortunately Maguire was unable to repeat the trick on the par-three 18th to save par and force a play-off after misjudging the wind off tee, sending her ball through the green into more sand and eventually missing from 12 feet.
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"I was very proud of the way I played all day," said Maguire, who plans to complete her college course before turning professional.
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"I didn't play at my best this week. There were glimpses of it (in the final round), so it's definitely a huge confidence booster going into the rest of the season that I can play with the best out here.
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"Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it's been a great day."
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