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Leona Maguire determined to push on after staying in mix at Women’s Open, as Stephanie Meadow misses cut



Leona Maguire went on a fine run at the end of her round

Leona Maguire went on a fine run at the end of her round

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Leona Maguire went on a fine run at the end of her round

Leona Maguire is “feeling good” heading into the weekend at the AIG Women’s Open Championship at Muirfield after a late run of birdies moved her within striking distance of the top.

The Cavan woman went on a fine run at the end of her round, picking up three shots in the last four holes on the Scottish links to card a two-under 69, which has her tied for 17th at the halfway stage of the final women’s Major of the year.

It was a round that threatened to be both excellent and terrible for the 27-year-old as an early eagle at the par-five fifth — which came after a bogey at the fourth — was offset by bogeys at 11 and 13, but birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th has her six shots behind PGA champion In Gee Chun, who leads by one.

“Yeah, feeling good. It was nice. Three under for the last five is really good momentum heading into the weekend and right where I feel I should be and I’m looking forward to the weekend,” said Maguire.

“I think you can get frustrated. I got plugged up a bunker on 11 and just sort of hung in for the back nine and you kind of just had to take your chances where you get them.”

Chun signed for a five-under 66 on day two at Muirfield to hit the top at eight under, one shot clear of South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, both of whom also shot 66s in their second rounds.

It was not to be for Stephanie Meadow, however, as two bogeys and a double bogey on her back nine led to a 72 and she missed the cut line by three shots at six over par.

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Meanwhile, Jonathan Caldwell and Cormac Sharvin both missed the cut at the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales as their struggles on the DP World Tour continue.

Caldwell had been in position to make it in for the weekend for a long time, but two late bogeys in his final four holes led to a second consecutive 73 and he missed out by two shots at six over par.

Sharvin had a better day as he finished with a one-under 70, but his first-round 80 did the damage as he finished eight over.

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