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Leona Maguire: Irish player slips away from leader Lee after third round of LPGA Mediheal Championship

-9 Min Lee (Chn Taipei) -7 M Castren (Fin), L Kim (US).

Selected others: -4 L Maguire (Irl), -2 C Hull (Eng); +1 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng)+1 G Hall (Eng)

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Ireland’s Leona Maguire has dropped to five shots behind leader Min Lee after a difficult third round at the LPGA Mediheal Championship in California.
However an eagle on the 18th rescued a two-over-par round of 74, which left the Cavan player on four-under.
Lee of Chinese Taipei leads the tournament on nine-under-par.

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Leona Maguire: Irish player shares second place after day two of LPGA Mediheal Championship

-7 D King (US); -6 L Kim (US), L Maguire (Ire) -5 Min Lee (Chn Taipei) -4 M Castren (Fin), J Coleman (US), J Park (US), A Lee (US).

Selected others:– -3 C Hull (Eng); Par J Ewart Shadoff (Eng)+3 G Hall (Eng), G Dryburgh (Sco); +11 S Meadow (NI)

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Ireland’s Leona Maguire lies one shot off the lead in a share of second place after round two of the LPGA Mediheal Championship in California.

The world number 92, who led by a stroke after a first-round of seven-under-par 65, struggled at the start of the second round in Daly City.

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Leona Maguire: Irish player fires superb opening 65 in California

Ireland’s Leona Maguire posted an outstanding opening round of seven under par in the Mediheal Championship in California.

The 26-year-old from Cavan, who started at the 10th, carded nine birdies and two bogeys for a 65.

Maguire was four shots clear at the top of the leaderboard but the later starters had yet to finish.
She has secured two top-10 finishes this season including coming tied second in the Lotte Championship.
Maguire picked up shots at 10, 11, 13, 17 and 18 in Daly City on Thursday before adding further birdies at the first, fifth and eighth holes.

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Rory McIlroy: Former winner to return to compete at Irish Open at Mount Juliet in July

Rory McIlroy will return to compete at the Irish Open at Mount Juliet in July after missing last year’s tournament at Galgorm Castle.

A limited number of spectators will be allowed on site to watch McIlroy and fellow Irish major champions Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell take part in the event.

McIlroy was tournament host from 2015 to 2018 and won at The K Club in 2016.
“I am really excited to get back and play the Irish Open,” said McIlroy.

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European Open: Marcus Armitage storms to first European Tour title after final-round 65

-8 M Armitage (Eng); -6 T Detry (Bel), E Molinari (Ita), D van Driel (Ned), M Southgate (Eng); -4 P Casey (Eng); -3 B Hebert (Fra), M Schneider (Ger), M Korhonen (Fin), D Law (Sco)

Selected others:-2 J Luiten (Ned), J Smith (Eng), D Whitnell (Eng); -1 J Senior (Eng), A Chesters (Eng), C Syme (Sco), S Jamieson (Sco)

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England’s Marcus Armitage shot a superb seven-under-par 65 to claim his first European Tour title at the European Open in Hamburg.

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US Women’s Open: Yuka Saso creates history with play-off victory

-4 Y Saso (Phi)*, N Hataoka (Jpn); -3 L Thompson (US); -2 M Khang (US), S Feng (Chi); Level A Yin (US)

*Saso wins on 3rd play-off holeSelected others:+1 I Park (Kor), J Y Ko (Kor); +3 M Ganne (US); +8 P Tavatanakit (Tha); +12 M Reid (Eng)

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Teenager Yuka Saso became the first Filipino player to win a major with victory in the US Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Saso, 19, beat Japan’s Nasa Hataoka on the third hole of a sudden death play-off after they tied on four under par.

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Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay wins after play-off with Collin Morikawa

-13 P Cantlay (US), C Morikawa (US); -11 S Scheffler (US); -10 B Grace (Rsa); -8 P Reed (US); -6 S Lowry (Irl), M Homa (US), J Walker (US)

Selected others:-4 R Fowler (US), X Schauffele (US); -2 A Scott (Aus); -1 B DeChambeau (US), R McIlroy (NI), J Spieth (US); E D Willett (Eng)

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Patrick Cantlay won the USPGA Memorial Tournament for the second time in three years after prevailing in a play-off with fellow American Collin Morikawa.

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Jon Rahm tests positive for Covid-19 at Memorial after holding six-shot lead

World number three Jon Rahm’s Saturday began with a hole-in-one and saw him take a six-shot lead at the USPGA Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

It ended with the Spaniard withdrawing from the tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19 as he walked off the 18th green.

Defending champion Rahm looked set to claim the $1,67m (£1.18m) first prize.
The PGA Tour said Rahm was given the news as he finished his round as part of “Tour protocols”.

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US Women’s Open: Mel Reid falls to sixth at halfway, having led after round one

-6 Y Saso (Phi), -5 J Lee (Kor), -4 M Khang (US), M Ganne (US) -3 S Feng (Chi)

Selected others: -2 M Reid (Eng), +8 (missed cut) J Ewart Shadoff (Eng), S Meadow (NI), +9 G Hall (Eng), +11 C Hull (Eng)

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England’s Mel Reid lost her opening round lead at the US Women’s Open after carding a two-over 73 on day two.

Reid’s opening round 67 had left her with a share of the lead on Thursday, but she now sits joint sixth on the leaderboard at two under par.

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US Women’s Open: Mel Reid shares opening round lead with teenager Megha Ganne

-4 M Reid (Eng), M Ganne (US); -3 A Yin (US), B Henderson (Can), M Khang (US); -2 Y Saso (Phi), L Thompson (US), S Feng (Chi)

Selected others: -1 J Young Ko (Kor), Level I Park (Kor); +4 C Hull (Eng), P Tavatanakit (Tha); +5 S Meadow (NI); +6 G Hall (Eng), J Ewart Shadoff (Eng); +8 A-Lim Kim (Kor)

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England’s Mel Reid shot a 67 to share the first-round lead on four under with 17-year-old American Megha Ganne at the US Women’s Open.

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New handicap scheme for non-members a ‘game changer’ – Lawrie

A new subscription scheme that allows non-club members in Scotland to obtain a golf handicap is a “game changer”, says former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

Scottish Golf has launched OpenPlay, an online programme accessed through their app, which will open up handicaps to the estimated 500,000 unaffiliated players in Scotland.

Previously, if players wanted a handicap, they had to join a club.
“It is getting people into the game,” said Lawrie.

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The Open: Ticket ballot for 150th championship to open next month

Fans seeking to attend next year’s 150th Open Championship can try to access tickets through a ballot that will open next month.

The R&A is anticipating extremely high demand for the historic championship, which will be played at St Andrews from 10-17 July 2022.

It is the first time they have introduced a Wimbledon-style ballot for spectators.
The ticket ballot will run from 1 July until 4 October 2021.
Hospitality deals for the event have been on sale since last year and the R&A says 85% of packages have already been purchased.

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