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01st Jun 2023

Leona Maguire will chase victory at the LGPA Tour in New Jersey this week

She’s also planning to compete in the US Open this July.

After an impressive performance at the Bank of Hope Matchplay Championship last week where Leona Maguire finished tied-third, the Cavan golfer will chase a second career LPGA Tour title at this week’s Mizuho Americas Open in New Jersey.

The competition kicked off today and will continue for the next four days.

According to The Irish Times, after the last week’s tournament Leona said: “I obviously would have liked to have won the whole thing but if you’d offered me a semi-final at the start of the week I would have taken it.

“It’s a lot of golf on a big golf course on a hot week, so I suppose I ran out of steam a little bit.”

The 29-year-old has a busy few weeks ahead of her as she plans to compete in the KPMG Irish Open and Solheim Cup this Autumn.

Next Monday Leona will get her first practice round at nearby Baltusrol, where the LPGA will be held from June 22nd.

The Women’s US Open will be held at Pebble Beach for the first time ever this July and Leona described it as a “bucket list place” for her to play.

She has already picked up tips from Graeme McDowell, who won the men’s US Open there in 2010.

Her caddy, Dermot Byrne and McDowell’s bag man, Ken Conboy are good friends and have reportedly compared notes.

There’s no doubt Maguire will be confident heading into that competition after a top 10 finish in last year’s US Open.

And not to mention, a top five in the AIG Women’s British Open.

According to the Mirror she said: “We grew up watching the [Irish] lads play the majors on TV at a lot of these venues, so it’s nice to actually go there and see those iconic holes and figure out the best way to play them.

“The common theme is they are all tough golf courses and you have to make sure that your game is in as sharp a place as possible before you get there.”

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