Nov. 23 2021, By Michael Dorgan
It was a good week stateside for two of Ireland’s rising golf stars.
Waterford’s Seamus Power finished in a tie for fourth at the RSM Classic in Georgia while Cavan’s Leona Maguire ended her season with a stylish long birdie putt on the final hole at the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.
Power carded four birdies in his first 15 holes on the final round but a double bogey on the 16th meant he signed for a two-under 68 – seven shots behind the winner Talor Gooch.
The 34-year-old, who won his first-ever PGA tournament in July, is set to rise to 25th on the FedEx Cup rankings after an impressive opening to the season.
Meanwhile, Maguire ended up finishing tied for 12th to bring the curtain down on a sensational rookie year where she had five top-10s from 20 starts to take her career earnings on the LPGA Tour above $1 million.
The 26-year-old carded a final round of two-under-par 70 to finish in a tie for 12th place, nine shots behind winner Jin Young Ko from South Korea.
Maguire was also part of the winning Slehim Cup team that defeated the U.S. in September. Her four-and-a-half points from five matches was a record for a rookie and received widespread praise.
“It’s as good a rookie year as I think I could have expected,” Maguire said.
“It’s gone better than I expected. I’ve achieved pretty much all my goals for this year. Obviously, it would have been nice to get a win, but I’ve pretty much done everything but that.”
Maguire ended the season 17th in the overall standings and will no doubt look to build on that remarkable year in 2022.
Mic drop to end the 2021 @LPGA season 💣🎤 Thank you to everyone for all the support 💚 Here’s to walking in lots more putts next year but first I need a break #onwardsandupwards pic.twitter.com/FRI3psIUFG
— Leona Maguire (@leona_maguire) November 22, 2021