From the first tee shot on Thursday until the final putt on Sunday, Ireland’s Leona Maguire put up a good fight in the Meier Classic for Simply Give, playing more like an LPGA Tour veteran than a second-year rookie. The No. 88-ranked player in the Rolex Ranking never let winner Nelly Korda out of her sights as Maguire put up six birdies and no bogeys on Sunday to finish the week 23-under par. That would have been a new tournament record had Korda not finished two shots better.
Leona Maguire, statements
“Nelly is a great player and one of the best players in the world for a reason. It was great to be able to test my game against her. I’m really starting to feel like I belong out here. Even though it’s still my rookie year, I’m feeling more and more comfortable every week. My first time in the last group going into the final round, and really proud of how I managed that. You just never know how you’re going to react until you’re in that situation. Really proud of how I handled it. This week is going to be huge heading into a major. I knew I was playing some great golf. It’s a huge confidence boost for the rest of the season. All in all, my game is in really good shape and I feel like this was really good preparation heading into a major week.”
Nelly Korda became the first two-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season, closing with a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Meijer LPGA Classic.
“Actually, really enjoyed today. Honestly, there has been times where on Sundays I really like haven’t enjoyed it, like the stress kind of ate me and I didn’t stay in the moment and enjoy playing golf on a Sunday in a final group. But today I really enjoyed it and it was actually a really good battle between Leona and I. She definitely kept me on my toes. If you told me at the U.S. Open that I was going to shoot 25 under I would be like, `Yeah, right.'” Korda said. “But I did a good bit of work back home. My dad was at every practice, a little boot camp with my dad.”
In the first race after the positivity at Covid Jon Rahm in California, with a total of 278 (69 70 72 67, -6) shots and two decisive birdies in the final, he wins the 121st edition of the US Open and celebrates the first Major of his career . Full loot for him, the fourth Spanish player to win a Grand Slam event and the first in the history of this tournament. For a success that also allows him to return to first place in the world ranking thus putting an end to a domination, that of Dustin Johnson, which lasted 43 weeks.