RTE viewers hail Leona Maguire as a ‘credit to her country’ after Late Late Show appearance

RTE viewers raved about Leona Maguire after her appearance on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

On Friday night, the Cavan woman was on the long-running chat show as she spoke about her first victory on the LPGA Tour after her rise to the top of the golfing world.

Maguire turned professional again in 2018 and has already made waves in the golf world, breaking a Solheim Cup rookie record.

And Maguire reached the top 20 of the world rankings by beating Lexi Thompson at the LPGA Drive on Championship two weeks ago.

And Maguire appeared on the show to speak to Ryan Tubridy and said of her success: “When I started there were no players on the LPGA Tour and something like that didn’t even seem possible. and I guess dad saw it was possible when maybe other people didn’t and a lot of 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.

And speaking of his win, Maguire said: “It’s a bit of a blur. You dream about this moment. I’ve hit thousands and thousands of putts thinking it’s to win an LPGA event or to win a playoff or a major.

“I had built it so many times in my head that when it happened, it’s a bit surreal, you don’t really realize it.

“It probably didn’t really sink in until I got the trophy.”

And Niall Horan, who runs golf management company Modest, was also due to appear on the show but fell ill.

And viewers were quick to praise Maguire for her looks, with one user saying: “It’s great to see Leona Maguire on the show. What she’s accomplished in such a short time as a professional golfer is incredible. She brings honor to her family and her country. What a future she has.

While another said: ‘Leona Maguire: A class act’

And another added: “Great to see @leonamaguire on @RTELateLateShow a fabulous ambassador for #womenandgolf and a super role model for young girls. What you see you can be..”

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