Leona Maguire, an Irish star, discusses Rory McIlroy before of his Olympic campaign.
Leona Maguire met up with Rory McIlroy, another Team Ireland golfer, ahead of the women’s Olympic golf event this week.
Leona Maguire, a member of Team Ireland’s golf team, revealed she chatted with fellow Irish Olympic golfer Rory McIlroy ahead of this week’s women’s Olympic golf event in Tokyo.
McIlroy, the four-time major winner, had a solid showing at last week’s men’s competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club, where he nearly lost out on a bronze medal after losing in a seven-man third-place play-off.
It is now the turn of McIlroy’s Irish teammate Maguire to begin her quest for a medal, and she said she has spoken to both McIlroy and his men’s teammate Shane Lowry ahead of her second Olympic appearance.
“It’s good to have their perspective on things and watch them gain a feel for the golf course,” Maguire added.
“It was quite impressive to watch,” she said of her experience seeing McIlroy out on the course.
After golf was returned to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years, the Irish star will compete in her second consecutive Olympics in Tokyo. She previously competed in the event in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Maguire believes that her previous Olympic experience will help her tremendously when she competes in this year’s event in Tokyo.
“I suppose in Rio, I was simply in awe of everything and really delighted to be there,” she said.
“Obviously, I was only an amateur golfer halfway through college, so it feels a little different this week, and I have nearly a full year of LPGA experience under my belt, so hopefully that will serve me well.”
The 26-year-old comes into the games in fine form, having tied for the lowest round in a women’s Major title with a final-round 61 that put her in a tie for sixth place on 13-under par for the tournament.
As a result, the Irish golfer believes her game is in good shape going into day one of the Olympic competition: “My game is in good shape, it was nice to finish off Evian with a good round and good momentum, it was my best finish in a major, so yeah, I’m sort of trending in the right direction.
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