Declan Maguire, father of Solheim Cup star Leona Maguire, was a proud man this morning after watching his daughter help Europe to glory on American soil.

Maguire, a wild card pick playing in her first Solheim Cup, was the star of the tournament and she won four-and-a-half points from five matches – a record for a rookie on either side.

The Cavan woman's singles victory over Jennifer Kupcho was a particular high point with Maguire claiming a dominant 5&4 victory.

That victory was all the more impressive given that Maguire and Kupcho had faced off in May at the LPGA MatchPlay at Shadow Creek where Maguire had let a five-shot lead slip to draw with her American opponent.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the beaming father hailed his daughter’s achievement and insisted that years of hard work are to thank for her success.

"It’s a long time coming," he said. "She had been doing incredibly well but I think what she did at the weekend is going to surpass everything she’s done over the last number of years.

"There’s a lot of work gone in. I’d have to pay massive credit to [coach] Shane O’Grady – the work he’s done with her since she was 11 years of age, it’s brought her to where she is in her career.

"Leona had to put in the hard graft too, especially over Covid and the last 12 months. It’s been a tough journey but it’s been well worth it, I spoke to her last night and she was on a total high."

Declan paid tribute to Maguire’s caddy Dermot Byrne and her sister Lisa who was a hugely successful amateur golfer in her own right and was on hand at the Inverness Club to support Leona.

"We made a couple of changes earlier in the year, Leona took on Dermot Byrne her caddy who has been absolutely tremendous with her," he said.

"Just shortly before that she played Kupcho in a matchplay event and was 5up and it ended up an all-square match at the end.

"Leona paid credit to Dermot last night, he kept her focused the whole way through and there was no way she was going to let that lead slip last night.

"Lisa has also been there, she’s given up her whole summer holidays to be out there with Leona and it just shows her upturn in fortunes, between Dermot and Lisa being there and supporting her the whole way.

"I want to pay credit to Lisa for that."