Maguire looking to go one better at Meijer LPGA Classic

Ronan MacNamara
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Maguire looking to go one better at Meijer LPGA Classic

Leona Maguire (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow are in LPGA action for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in Michigan. 

Maguire is looking to spark an upturn in form after four missed cuts in her last five starts but she posted her first top-10 in a US Open during her difficult spell.  It was also her highest finish since she won her maiden LPGA Tour event in February. 

The Cavan native ran then world number one Nelly Korda all the way to the final putt on the 72nd green in this tournament last year as she finished runner-up so perhaps a return to a happy hunting ground can see her return to form, like she did at Pine Needles. 

Maguire has been grouped with Xiyu Lin and Amy Yang for the opening two rounds and she will be looking to get back in the groove ahead of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. 

While Maguire has struggled over the last three months, her compatriot Stephanie Meadow has kicked on following her great escape at the end of 2021. The Jordanstown maintained her full LPGA Tour privileges in the final regular season tournament and it seems like she won’t have any such worries this season. 

The 30-year-old has been a model of consistency, missing just three cuts while registering a top-10 and a top-20 finish.  Meadow is 71st in the Race to CME Globe with the top-100 maintaining their LPGA cards. 

The Arizona resident tees off alongside China’s Ruixin Liu and Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen. 

Canada’s Brooke Henderson is one of the standout names in the field and she arrives in red hot form after her win at the Shoprite LPGA Classic and she feels a change in her putting grip was key to her success as she targets a hat-trick of wins at the Meijer LPGA Classic. 

“I started off the year really hot and I had a lot of great finishes, and kind of cooled off and I wasn’t feeling so well and things kind of went a little bit cold there for a little while,” said Henderson. “Definitely having the putting back in my corner and feeling a little bit more comfortable all the time is really key. I feel like left-hand low has made a big difference and so I’m excited moving forward.” 

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