Leona Maguire has described the 2022 Girls’s PGA Championship because the “final check” and is hopeful her promising type will proceed at Congressional; watch the opening spherical of the Girls’s PGA Championship, stay on Sky Sports activities Golf from 5pm on Thursday
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Leona Maguire is hoping to observe within the footsteps of Rory McIlroy by successful her first main on the Girls’s PGA Championship at Congressional Nation Membership.
McIlroy secured the primary of his 4 majors on the 2011 US Open at Congressional, streaking clear to win by eight pictures.
Maguire, 27, heads to the identical course in respectable type, having completed in a share of eighth on the US Girls’s Open earlier this month and likewise misplaced out in a play-off ultimately week’s Meijer LPGA Basic.
“I used to be watching on TV,” she says about McIlroy’s 2011 win.
“I nonetheless keep in mind him. He form of blew the sphere away that week, so I do not know if anyone goes to do this this week, however, yeah, it could be good to be coming down 18 with a number of shot lead like he had, however he clearly was on a very popular streak at that time.
“Actually the one a part of the golf course I keep in mind was 18. I do know it is clearly been redesigned, however yeah, that was a fairly cool week for him. Hopefully I can do one thing related.”
Maguire is ready to tee off with Ryann O’Toole and Nanna Koerstz Madsen on Thursday.
“I have been taking part in good the previous couple of weeks,” she mentioned.
“Clearly not the end I might have preferred on Sunday, however should you had provided me a 65 at first of the day, I might have gladly taken it; putted very nice on Sunday and had my irons dialed in. Extra of the identical actually this week. A little bit of a distinct check, although.”
Requested what it should take for her to win the match, she added: “I feel simply placing myself in competition as a lot as I can.
Rory McIlroy says he was shocked by Brooks Koepka’s determination to affix the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Sequence.
“I imply, the sphere is just about the identical because it was final week, aside from Jin Younger is right here. There was 9 of the highest 10 gamers on the planet final week.
“I do know I may do it any week of the yr, so it is only a case of taking that into the main. It’s a bit meatier of a golf course this week, so I feel it should be a tricky check for everyone.
“I do not assume it essentially advantages the lengthy hitters. I feel it’s important to execute off the tee into the inexperienced and placing. I feel it should be the final word check this week, which I fairly like. I fairly like that it’s important to type of assume your means round and plot your means round.”
Defending US PGA champion Nelly Korda arrives with a brand new perspective on retaining her title after three months out with a blood clot in her arm.
Having been compelled to overlook the primary main of the yr she returned for the Girls’s US Open earlier this month, when she completed joint eighth, and, like Maguire, missed out on victory in a play-off on the Meijer LPGA Basic.
“I am simply blissful to be out right here taking part in aggressive golf,” mentioned Korda.
“I gave myself an opportunity final week. If you happen to advised me that once I was laying within the ER, I might have undoubtedly been very proud of that.
“I feel life is about perspective, and whenever you have a look at it a distinct means you may have much more respect for the sport, you are much more humble about it too, and also you simply get pleasure from your self much more.
“I feel that goes a good distance in golf as a result of a variety of it’s psychological.”
The prize fund for the occasion has doubled this yr, as much as $9m, and whereas that has been welcomed by the gamers the pursuit of a significant stays the precedence, particularly for somebody like world No three Minjee Lee who’s on the lookout for back-to-back success after successful the US Open, her second main in 4 occasions.
“Two majors in a single season could be actually, actually particular,” mentioned the Australian.
“Clearly, good play goes to end in perhaps a win or contending, so I feel I am simply going to give attention to that.
“Clearly, it could be one other dream come true if I did win.
“I feel undoubtedly after Evian (her main breakthrough final July) I felt rather less stress, like a monkey off my again, however into the US Open and all the opposite majors I feel I’ve a little bit extra confidence taking part in in them.”
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