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Leona Maguire Thrilled After Roaring Back Into Contention At Irish Open

Leona Maguire Thrilled After Roaring Back Into Contention At Irish Open
By Michael Bolton
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Leona Maguire shot an excellent score of 65 on the third day of the Irish Open to leave her two shots off the lead going into the final round.

A disappointing second round of 75 by the Solheim Cup hero left her ten shots behind Sweden's Moa Folke going into today's action.

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However, with the energy of the home crowd behind her, Maguire roared back into contention with six birdies to leave her on -9 for the tournament, setting herself up for a potentially exciting finish tomorrow.

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Reflecting on her round today, Leona Maguire looked pack on saving par on the eight hole which helped her gain momentum to produce a remarkable back nine holes, which she completed on 31.

After overcoming a bogey in the first and saving par in the second and the fifth, Leona Maguire really found her stride in the back nine.

Nice par save on eight and a birdie on nine gave me some good momentum heading into the back nine.

That chip in on 12 was the first bit of luck I got all week, kind of just changed everything, some nice birdies coming in and an eagle on 16 was a bonus.

The goal today was to shoot as low as possible. The crowds are phenomenal, especially on the back nine, I suppose I wanted to give them something to cheer about.

The obvious crowd favourite in her home country, Leona Maguire is grateful for the support she has received through this week, while also aware of the impact this has on the next generation.

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It's a home open, you don't get to experience that very often, I haven't in 10 years, so I do think that shows how important it is for it to be back on the schedule.

All the little boys and girls today are dreaming of being in my position, holing puts in front of a home crowd.

The girls were saying it's as close to a major as they have ever seen. Irish people are the best fans in the world, we always say it and they've come out in droves this week.

Here's hoping for a strong finish to the week for the Cavan woman.

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