Leona Maguire hailed her first high 10 end within the US Girls’s Open as main “progress” as she pocketed the most important cheque of her profession at Pine Needles.
he Co Cavan star (27) had missed the reduce in her three earlier appearances within the recreation’s hardest occasion, by no means as soon as breaking and even matching par in any spherical.
However after closing with a three-over 74 to tie for eighth on two-under, 11 photographs behind Australia’s Minjee Lee, she was greater than happy along with her end.
“It is my first high 10 at a US Open, first reduce I’ve made at a US Open, in order that’s massive progress for me,” mentioned Maguire, who spent 4 years at close by Duke College.
“And actually loved the week, actually loved being again in North Carolina, so total it has been a fantastic week.”
Coming into the occasion on the again of three missed cuts, she adopted a brace of 70s with a three-under 68 within the race for the $1.8 million high prize.
Consequently, she went into the ultimate spherical trailing by eight photographs in a tie for tenth however hoping to put up a low quantity and exert strain on the eventual champion.
Ultimately, difficult pin positions and firmer circumstances allowed simply two gamers to interrupt par and none to dip into the sixties on the ultimate day.
Consequently, Maguire dropped 4 photographs in her first 10 holes earlier than a birdie 4 on the fifteenth helped her file her second profession top-10 in a serious and her largest payday as knowledgeable.
“Yeah, did not get off to the most effective of begins however tried to remain actually affected person,” mentioned the Ballyconnell native, whose cheque for $261,193 (€244,000) was greater than the $225,000 she gained for her maiden win within the LPGA Drive On Championship in February.
“I knew all people was struggling on the market,” mentioned Maguire, who took her profession earnings to $1,656,400.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward on the market. A whole lot of the pins have been tucked, and also you could not make lots of birdies. It was simply making an attempt to restrict the quantity of errors, actually.
“I believe it was a bit of firmer in the present day and it was positively arrange a bit of bit harder. There was positively a bit of bit extra breeze; pins have been a bit of trickier in the present day. General that is mirrored within the scores.
“You could not get near lots of the pins in the present day, so that you simply needed to take your possibilities while you received them.”
Main by three photographs from Mina Harigae on 13-under in a single day, final yr’s Evian Championship winner Lee had sufficient with a degree par 71 to win her second main with a championship-record 13-under whole of 271.
She joined Jan Stephenson (1983) and Karrie Webb (2000, 2001) as Australians to win the US Girls’s Open and earned $1,800,000, the biggest single prize within the historical past of ladies’s golf.
“That is fairly particular,” mentioned Lee, now an eight-time LPGA Tour winner. “That is the one I’ve all the time wished to win since I used to be a bit of child, so it simply feels fairly superb to have the ability to get it accomplished in the present day. I simply can’t consider it.”
Harigae shot 72 to complete solo second on nine-under for the most effective end of her LPGA Tour profession.
With a file $10million purse, she obtained by far the biggest payday of her 13-year LPGA Tour profession – a cool $1,080,000.