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Leona Maguire eagles final hole to capture London Aramco event at Centurion Club

By admin Jul9,2024

Leona Maguire got off to a fast start at this week’s Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series London event, and she needed a strong finish to close out a victory at the Centurion Club.

Maguire shot a 66 in the opening round and then slid home with rounds of 72 on Thursday and 73 on Friday to capture the individual title at the event, finishing the 54-hole tournament at 8 under. Maria Hernandez was a stroke behind Maguire and the trio of Alison Lee, Lauren Walsh and Georgia Hall tied for third at 6 under.

But this was no ordinary finish.

Walsh, who hails from Ireland but played collegiately at Wake Forest, shot a 65 to take the lead for a stretch, then Hernandez made birdie on the par-5 18th hole to take the lead at 7 under.

Sitting at 6 under at the time, Maguire made the shot of the tournament, knocking her hybrid onto the fringe just left of the hole and watching as the ball rolled up onto the green, giving her an opportunity to drop a putt for the victory.

With the pressure on, Maguire hit the putt to edge Hernandez, the win marking her first on the LET to go with a pair of victories on the LPGA. Her last win came more than a year ago at the 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic.

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