Leona Maguire looking forward to pushing on to the next level

Solheim Cup hero has Major targets to aim for after a fine campaign on the LPGA Tour

Leona Maguire has no intention of resting on her laurels.

Just a matter of days past her 27th birthday, the Co Cavan golfer – who was the standout player on Europe's winning Solheim Cup team when breaking the all-time points record for a rookie – has remained on at her Orlando base in the United States to continue warm-weather work on her game with an eye on the season ahead.

While a winter visit home to Ballyconnell – with her granny's Christmas cake and pudding among the items on her wish-list – is planned, Maguire, who is currently 43rd in the Rolex world rankings after a hugely impressive season on the LPGA Tour which included two runner-up finishes, has her own expectations of where her journey next takes her as she seeks a breakthrough win on the main circuit.

"I made a lot of improvements this year. No drastic changes, just trying to make everything that little bit better, pick up a little extra yardage, get my wedges a little bit tighter, hole a few more putts. There is a very fine line between those finishing top-10 and finishing top-5 and being in contention to win," said Maguire, speaking on a conference call hosted by Davy, one of her sponsors.


“So if I could save a shot a round next year that would be massive, so [I’m] just trying to make those small little improvements over the winter,” explained Maguire, adding of her hopes for 2022 when she is guaranteed starts in all five Majors:

“ I’d like to be in contention in the Majors, I got my first top 10 in a Major this year in the Evian and would like to be in contention at the others a bit more and obviously put myself in contention to win, but whenever that happens, that happens.

“It was a really, really consistent year [in 2021] and that’s something I’ve always done throughout my career, so keep giving myself as many opportunities as possible to be in contention and see where that takes me.”


Philip Reid

Philip Reid

Philip Reid is Golf Correspondent of The Irish Times