Maguire backed to make Major breakthrough at KPMG PGA

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K Club touring pro Leona Maguire is being backed to make a major breakthrough at this week’s KMPG USPGA Championship after falling just short of landing a second LPGA Tour win on Sunday.

The Cavan woman hit eight birdies in her final round of last week’s Meijer Classic to earn a spot in a three-way playoff, but narrowly missed out on victory after Jennifer Kupcho’s birdie at the second extra hole secured the top prize for the American.

The runner-up finish catapulted Maguire eight places up the world rankings to number 17 and her chances of going one better in this week’s major championship in Maryland have been gambled down to 25/1 from 40/1 with BoyleSports.

Maguire had already been gambled down to 7/2 from 10/1 to win a major championship this year after becoming the first Irish golfer to win a tournament on the LPGA Tour when she won the Drive On Championship in Florida by three shots in February.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “It was a very near miss for Leona Maguire last week, but her game is right where it needs to be the week before a major. Irish punters are backing her good form to continue and we’ve had to cut her odds this week amid a growing belief that her major breakthrough isn’t far away.”

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