In a sport long besieged by anomalies and remixed champions, one of the sporting events not to be under-estimated this year is the inaugural Ladies European Tour’s Solheim Cup. Less than two weeks after two golfers were first granted honorary membership, the sport’s governing body, the LPGA, has effectively installed Leona Maguire in the best golfer in the world conversation for the tournament, which begins on Sunday.
Maguire will play with the great Catriona Matthew at a course in Germany only 14 miles away from her home in Gleneagles, Scotland. The 26-year-old tells Nigel Dilley in a profile this week in Golf.com that she took the decision to miss other international events because she wanted to be there in St. Louis, Missouri.
“Obviously I would like to compete and contribute to the team but I didn’t want to take anything for granted,” said Maguire. “It’s a great honour to be chosen to come and represent the people in Scotland who believe in me, and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to represent them, but I don’t want to miss out on the chance of my debut because I want to.
“So many amazing people have supported me, loved my game, travelled with me, watched me, and I didn’t want to miss out on that opportunity because they believed in me and the LPGA believe in me, too. It’s a brilliant honour to represent the home team.”
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