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Leona relishing chance to shine in Women's PGA

 

Leona Maguire
Leona Maguire

By Brian Keogh

Rising star Leona Maguire has accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Ranked No.1 on the Symetra Tour following her maiden professional win in the Windsor Golf Classic earlier this month, the Slieve Russell star will tee it up at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota from June 18-23.

"The opportunity to play in the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine is a true honour and I could not be more excited," said Maguire, who spent more weeks (135) as the world's top amateur than any in the history of women's golf. "It's going to be special competing in a Major against an elite field on a course with so much history."

Currently ranked 232nd in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, she has risen over 150 spots since entering 2019 at 383.

She will aim to climb the list and move into contention for a Solheim Cup call-up with back-to-back appearances on the Ladies European Tour.

The Co Cavan star tees it up in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco next week followed by the world's first professional day-night golf tournament - the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club - from May 1-3.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Russell Knox has confirmed he will defend the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch from July 4-7.

He said: "I can't wait to return to Ireland to defend my title. That win was a moment I'll remember for the rest of my life."

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