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Maguire overtakes KO as longest No.1

Another achievement was added to the stellar amateur career of Leona Maguire recently when she surpassed Lydia Ko

Another achievement was added to the stellar amateur career of Leona Maguire recently when she surpassed Lydia Ko as having spent the most number of weeks as the No.1 ranked female player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).

The 23-year-old, who is due to graduate from Duke University in North Carolina in the spring, passed Ko’s reign of 130 weeks on January 31 – a feat that is unlikely to be beaten anytime soon.

Maguire first held the No.1 ranking for 52 weeks from May 2015 to May 2016, until she was overtaken by American Hannah O’Sullivan for 12 weeks that summer. She returned to top spot in August 2016 and has held the position ever since.

This record continues Maguire’s incredible amateur career to date, which includes winning the Ladies British Amateur, three Curtis Cup appearances – her fourth will be in June – playing in five majors, and also the Olympics.

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