Leona Maguire breaks record as World #1

Bernie McGuire

Ireland’s Leona Maguire has broken plenty of records over the years but with her listing as World #1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking system on Wednesday January 31st the Duke University student has been at the top spot for 131 weeks, which breaks the previous record of 130 by Lydia Ko.  

It’s a magnificent achievement for the Cavan native who has been No. 1 in the WAGR for 79 straight weeks from August 2016 to January 31 having also been No. 1 for 52 weeks from May 2015 to May 2016.

The WAGR ranks the top female amateur golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 104 weeks.  Over the past three years, a Duke golfer has ranked No. 1 in the ranking in all but five weeks over a span of 156 weeks.


The WAGR for women was introduced by the R&A, the governing body of the sport of golf outside the United States and Mexico, in February of 2011.  The rankings are updated each Wednesday.

Maguire, who completes her studies later this year and will turn to the professional ranks gets her last season with the Blue Devils underway on Feb. 11-13 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.

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