Maguire hails ‘solid year’ after final round 69 at Tour Championship

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Leona Maguire hailed a second LPGA Tour victory and Solheim Cup victory as a solid year as she rounded off her CME Group Tour Championship with a final round of 69 in Tiburon.

Maguire’s final round was good enough for a nine-under-total but she was well out of contention as South Korea’s Amy Yang carded a final round 66 to win by three shots on 27-under-par.

The Cavan star picked up a second LPGA Tour victory at the Meijer Classic earlier this year before playing another starring role as Europe won three successive Solheim Cups for the first time in Finca Cortesin.

“Overall it was pretty solid year, I mean any year you win, I feel like it’s always a good year,” Maguire told the Irish Independent.

“The win was obviously one of the highlights as well, so yeah it was a steady year.

“I didn’t quite contend as much in the second half of the year as I would have liked but there are a lot of positives to take into next year.”

Maguire isn’t quite finished, she won’t play the Ladies European Tour finale at Costa del Sol but she will appear at the inaugural Grant Thornton Invitational, a mixed team event from December 8-10, once again in Tiburon.

“I really like Tiburon,” she added. “I always like coming back here so it’ll be nice to have another go around here.

“It’s a good format so it should be a fun week and obviously it’s a new format and a new event so it’s a cool thing to be a part of that.

“Before that I will be back in Orlando to get some practice and get back in the gym. It’s a bit weird I guess having the Grant Thornton in the middle of what’s technically off-season.

“But also it’s such a quick turnaround to the Tournament of Champions in January so it will be kind of prep for that.

“We don’t get much rest so I’ll go home for Christmas, which should be nice, take a break and then get back at it in January.”

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