Leona Maguire found only Jennifer Kupcho too good at the Meijer LPGA Classic, finishing in a tie for second after succumbing to the American on the second sudden death play-off hole at Blythefield Country Club in Michigan.

Maguire, who finished runner-up at the tournament last season, sizzled to a closing 65 to finish on 18 under, alongside Kupcho and Nelly Korda.


Korda's sudden death hopes ended with a par on the first play-off hole on 18, with Maguire and Kupcho both recording birdies.

The eventual winner missed a three-footer for eagle to wrap up the victory on the first sudden-death hole, but her moment arrived on the second time of asking.

Maguire shot a superb 65 on Sunday to force a playoff

Maguire's errant drive off the tee found the rough, but her sublime second shot had looked to retrieve the situation.

However, the Cavan woman three-putted for par as the ANA Inspiration champion Kupcho birdied to register a second success on the LPGA Tour.

Maguire sat seven shots off overnight leader Nelly Korda at the beginning of play but launched a birdie blitz from the off, gaining strokes at the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th - giving one back on the 3rd - to reach the turn in 33 to get to 14-under.

Further birdies followed at 10, 13 and 14 as the leading contenders, Korda and Kupcho, laboured. Maguire finished off with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th to set a clubhouse target at 18-under par.

Kupcho, who briefly hit 19-under before a bogey on 16 knocked her back, could only make par on 18 after finding the bunker with her drive. After a so-so round, Korda birdied 18 to card a 72 and ensure a three-way playoff.

The tournament looked to be settled in Kupcho's favour after a phenomenal approach left her a 3ft putt for eagle on the first playoff hole, the 18th, while Maguire found the heart of the green.

However, after Maguire could only two-putt for birdie, a jittery Kupcho proceeded to miss her short putt for victory. Korda departed the fray following a par.

And so Maguire and Kupcho came up the 18th again to settle the matter, and it was the Irishwoman's turn to miss a three-footer, handing victory to the American after a titanic battle.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand took fourth as she finished one shot behind the play-off trio, with Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Carlota Ciganda and Atthaya Thitikul sharing fifth on 16 under.