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Meadow and Maguire make history at LPGA finale as Irish pair set sights on big £815k prize



Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow

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Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire will make Irish golfing history today by becoming the first Irish players to tee it up at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

Meadow (Galgorm Castle) is the first of the pair to tee off at 2pm UK time alongside 2019 US PGA champion Hannah Green and Katherine Kirk, while Cavan's Maguire (Slieve Russell) begins her first round at 2.55pm in a group with Pernilla Lindberg and Alena Sharp as they both aim to take home the winner's share of $1.1m (£815k) - the richest prize on offer on the LPGA Tour.

The duo both qualified for the event after finishing inside the top 70 on the Race to CME Globe standings, with Meadow's third-place finish at the Pelican Championship helping her to 42nd spot, with Maguire 59th.

But, despite being in the middle of the pack, both Meadow and Maguire will have an equal chance of walking away with the incredible prize fund as the points totals in the order of merit are reset, with the winner of the tournament named the Race to the CME Globe champion.

Korea's Inbee Park goes into the week as the favourite having finished top of the standings for the regular season, while World No.1 Jin Young Ko, defending champion Sei Young Kim and England's Charley Hull will be considered the main contenders.

There has been controversy surrounding the event, however, after Women's Open champion Sophia Popov was not given one of two sponsors' invites, with one instead going to Natalie Gulbis, who has made one cut in her last 20 events in the last three years.

Belfast Telegraph