Leona Maguire on golf’s friendship with Niall Horan and the rise of women’s golf

LEONA Maguire, FROM IRELAND, has had a meteoric rise in the sport over the past 12 months. The Cavan native’s performance in the Solheim Cup sparked initial interest

But that was after she became the first Irishwoman to win an LPGA event,

It was when she won the Drive On Championship in Florida that she started to become a household name in Irish sport.

She broke into the top 20 of the world rankings for the first time and has a huge future ahead of her.

Leona Maguire poses with the trophy after winning the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla. (Image: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Maguire took time out of his busy schedule to sit down and chat with Late Late show host Ryan Turbridy.

The 27-year-old gave insight into her career, playing golf with Niall Horan and other details during the shoot.

She says:

“When I started there was no player on the LPGA Tour and something like that didn’t even seem possible and I guess dad saw it was possible when maybe d Other people didn’t and a lot of hard work went into the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in 2011 and we were inspired there.

“Little by little it seemed more and more possible and we had things like the 20×20 campaign to get more media coverage and more participation.

“For me, I wanted it to be more than lip service and for our Irish athletes to be able to achieve great things on the world stage, it’s not just me it’s so many athletes. We want the Irish fans cheer us on and not just for fun and we want them to be entertained and that’s what sport is, it’s entertainment It’s much nicer to cheer on wins and eagles and birdies as the pars.

She also poked fun at Ireland and the golfing skills of former One Direction member Niall Horan.

MODEST is the management company for Horans Golf. Horan is an avid golfer and has Maguire on the books, but she isn’t too impressed with the pop star’s skills despite him being a fanatic.

He’s obsessed with golf and loves the game. It’s great to have him on my team.

He’s a good golfer. It is good for what it should be. He brings his clubs everywhere.

He is crazy about golf and plays all the time. It’s been a few years since I played with him, so he’s definitely been working on his game.

He has a handicap of around seven or eight, so he’s pretty handy. He can hold out.

We played in a pro-am in Galgorm a few years ago so maybe there will be something in that event this summer or in the invitational world we will have to see if he will play again. “

Horan’s handicap of seven or eight is no small feat, but he’ll have to lower the mic if he hopes to catch Maguire from 1