Patience key for Maguire who reaches matchplay semi finals

Ronan MacNamara

Leona Maguire (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire made it five wins from five as she cruised into the semi-finals of the Bank of Hope LPGA Matchplay in Las Vegas.

Maguire had a 100% record entering the knockout stages and she eased by Frenchwoman Perrine Delacour 5&3 in the morning last-16 tie before seeing off American Lindsey Weaver-Wright 3&2 to book a semi final berth against Ayaka Furue of Japan.

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“I’m really happy to get through 36 holes today. It’s nice to be in the semifinal,” said Maguire. “Played some really solid golf today. A little scrappy maybe this afternoon, but knew it was going to be a battle out there and it was just a case of staying patient. Yeah, did enough to make it to tomorrow.”

Maguire found herself two down after three holes courtesy of two Weaver-Wright birdies but she birdied the fourth and then rallied with four birdies in a row from the sixth to win four holes on the spin including chipping in for eagle on the par-5 7th to all of a sudden turn 3UP.

“Yeah, it was really nice. The way that pin was today and the way the greens were, you couldn’t actually stop it at that pin in two, so it was a case of trying to see where we could leave it in a good spot to get up and down.

“Yeah, bonus that it went in.’

It’s not the first time the Cavan star has come from behind to win having recovered from 4 DN to beat Jenny Shin on the 18th in her second group phase match.

“I just try and stay patient. I don’t panic when I get down and I don’t get too excited when I go a few holes up. I try and stay as level as possible.

“There is enough energy being spent on deciding what clubs to hit and where to hit it and all the rest, so try not to waste too much energy worrying about what my opponent is doing.

“Yeah, I mean, you have to take your chance when your get them here. You don’t know when they’re going to come. Yeah, like I said just be really, really patient.”

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