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A brilliant weekend display helped Leona Maguire to a career-best finish at a Major tournament at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California

A brilliant weekend display helped Leona Maguire to a career-best finish at a Major tournament at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California

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A brilliant weekend display helped Leona Maguire to a career-best finish at a Major tournament at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California

A brilliant weekend display helped Leona Maguire to a career-best finish at a Major tournament at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California.

After moderately making the halfway cut at one-over, the Slieve Russell ace carded back-to-back rounds of 68 and 69 in her final two rounds at Mission Hills Country Club to finish in a tie for 18th place at six-under-par.

It was a hugely impressive performance yesterday in particular from Cavan's Maguire, who was bogey-free in her final round and found birdies at the sixth, eighth and 11th on her way to the superb result.

Indeed, keeping bogeys off the scorecard was why the 25-year-old was able to flourish over the final two days, her only dropped shot coming on her fourth hole on Saturday.

It wasn't such a good weekend for Stephanie Meadow (Galgorm Castle), however, as she backed up a one-over 73 in the third round with a four-over 76 in her final round to finish at two-over-par overall to end up well down the leaderboard in joint 51st, ahead of amateur Olivia Mehaffey (Tandragee), who made her first cut in a major championship.

South Korea's Mirim Lee prevailed from a three-way play-off with Korda and Henderson after the 29-year-old chipped in for eagle at the 18th for her third chip in of a final round 67 and a total of 15-under-par.

On the European Tour, Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) made up a little bit of ground in the final round at the Portugal Masters but was only able to secure a tied-50th finish in the Algarve and dropped one place in the Race to Dubai to 128th.

The 36-year-old - who recorded his first hole-in-one in a professional event on Friday - finished with back-to-back birdies to card a one-under-par 70 in his final round at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Club to finish two-under for the tournament.

The winner was George Coetzee, the South African staying cool and finishing with a bogey-free five-under 66 to take the win by two strokes from Laurie Canter (England) at 16-under-par.

Canter, who also carded a 66 in his final round, was solo second at 14-under, while Tommy Fleetwood shot the joint best round of the day by recording a 64 to share third with Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) at 13-under.

Meanwhile, Darcy Hogg's (Belvoir Park) good summer continued as he finished third at the Connacht Under-16 Open at Roscommon, which was enough to see him take home the Under-15 prize after a level-par 72.

Elsewhere, Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) won the Greystones Pro-Am after firing a three-under-par 66, holding off Neil O'Briain (Dublin) by one stroke.

Belfast Telegraph