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Leona Maguire Makes History With Solheim Cup Selection

Leona Maguire Makes History With Solheim Cup Selection
By PJ Browne Updated

Leona Maguire has become the first Irish player to be named on the European Solheim Cup team.

The 26-year-old has been named as one of Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew's wildcard picks for the competition against the United States.

The qualification window closed on Sunday with the conclusion of the Women's Open at Carnoustie where Maguire finished tied for 13th. It continued a year of progression for the Cavan golfer, which has seen her break into the world's top 50.

Leona Maguire 'excited' by Solheim Cup pick

"I’m really excited, it is something that I have looked forward to," said Maguire.

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"I have played the PING Junior Solheim Cup in 2009 and 2011, it was an incredible thing to be part of the Junior side so to be on the ‘big’ team is something really special and no Irish person has ever done it before.

"I think it’s going to be great for Irish golf and to show the young girls coming up that it is possible to do things if you set your mind to it.

"Catriona is a legend in her own right – a winning Solheim Cup captain and a Major winner. For her to think I’m good enough to be on her team is quite humbling and an honour."

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This year's Solheim Cup takes place at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio between September 4th - September 6th.

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