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Cavan's Leona Maguire cements world number one spot with another win

The 22-year-old picked up a sixth collegiate title over the weekend.

Leona Maguire tasted victory again last night as she continues to show why she's the best player in the world.
Leona Maguire tasted victory again last night as she continues to show why she's the best player in the world.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

IRELAND’S LEONA MAGUIRE cemented her place at the top of the world amateur golf rankings with a wire-to-wire victory at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic in Louisiana over the weekend.

The Cavan woman shot a season-best 10-under-par 206 as she picked up a second collegiate title of the year; making it six wins overall at this level.

With rounds of 67, 68 and 71, Maguire finished four shots better than her Duke Blue Devils team-mate Virginia Elena Carta, their combined performance helping their university to the title for a second straight season.

“It was great to finish our regular season with a win,” said Maguire.

“Hopefully we can build on our performance this week and take some good momentum into ACCs.”

Duke Winner Leona Maguire, with her twin Lisa, far right. Source: Madeline VeZain

Leading from day one, Maguire jumped out to another strong start in the final round as she stuck her approach shot to within one foot for birdie on the second.

After a bogey on five, Maguire connected on three birdies over a five-hole stretch on the back nine to move to three-under.

On the 144-yard, par three 16th, Maguire hit her tee shot into the water and suffered a double-bogey.

She would go on to par the final two holes to finish with a one-under-par, 71, and finished as one of only three golfers under-par for the tournament.

Her twin sister Lisa finished the tournament tied-65th on 17-over-par.

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