Maguire to make Aramco Team Series debut next month; Meadow in LPGA action this week

Ronan MacNamara
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Leona Maguire (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire will be lining out on the Ladies European Tour once again as she makes her Aramco Team Series debut in New York next month. 

Maguire has been announced alongside Canadian star Brooke Henderson in a field that also includes Lexi Thompson, Nelly and Jessica Korda, Charley Hull, Anna Nordqvist and KPMG Women’s Irish Open winner Klara Spilkova. 

The event backed by the Public Investment Fund will be held at Trump Golf Links at Ferrypoint from October 13-15. 

Nelly Korda won the latest Aramco Team Series in Sotogrande taking advantage of a final day collapse from her sister Jessica. 

Maguire who finished fourth in Dromoland Castle as the KPMG Women’s Irish Open made its return to the LET schedule after a ten-year hiatus flew back to Dallas on Tuesday and will take a month off before appearing in the Big Apple. 

Stephanie Meadow is in action this week on the LPGA Tour in The Ascendent LPGA Benefitting Volunteers of America having missed the Irish Open to focus on maintaining her playing rights for next season which she is well on course to do. 

Sitting in the relative comfort of 78th place in the Race to CME Globe Rankings, the Jordanstown native is coming off a 39th place finish at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G last week where she failed to build on opening rounds of 69 and 66.

The 30-year-old begins her week on the back nine alongside Mi Hyang Lee and Alena Sharp.

Jin Young Ko isn’t here to defend the title she won last year. 

The KPMG Women’s Irish Open was a roaring success but Maguire called for a summer date after her final round on Sunday in order to attract some of the European LPGA Tour stars and some Americans like at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Galgorm Castle. 

A welcome addition to the field in Dromoland next year would be French Solheim Cup star and two-time LPGA Tour winner Celine Boutier who is in town hunting her third win this week. 

A member at the Old American Golf Club, the site of this week’s event and she is excited to tee it up in what feels like a home tournament. 

“It’s definitely exciting to be really close to home and to have some of my friends come out and watch later this week. I’m definitely looking forward to it, and I also like the course quite a lot, so I hope to get some good rounds going and hopefully play for a chance to win this weekend,” said Boutier, whose best finish in The Ascendant LPGA is a tie for 8th that came in 2021. “I’m a member here, I know some members out here, so I come to play once in a while, always a few rounds. And especially this spring, knowing we were coming here, I did come a few times. I think it’s a very good course.” 

A third LPGA Tour title has eluded her thus far it has been a consistent season for the Frenchwoman who has been in contention often this year. Boutier has carded six top-five finishes, including a solo second at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open and a tie for fourth at The Chevron Championship. She has three further top 10s to her credit, most notably a tie for seventh that came in early August at the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield. 

“I try to keep (thinking of) the positives. Even though I’ve come close a few times, I feel like it could be a bad thing because I haven’t been able to win, but at the same time, I’ve also been so consistent, more in the top 10 than I’ve ever been,” said Boutier, whose last LPGA Tour win came at the 2021 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. “So I think it’s definitely something that you have to look at and also take in, because I feel like I’m definitely getting better as a player and I feel like that’s a huge positive. I know if I keep going that direction and that way, it’s going to come.” 

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