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Monday 28th November 2016

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28.11.2016 //// SUBSCRIBE HERE OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS: NORTHERN IREL AND OPEN PUBLISHERS: Tel: +353 (0)1 4199 604 Walton Media, Unit E7 Calmount Office Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12 SALES: Anders Johansson, Tel: +353 (1) 456 9369 Email: EDITORIAL: David Gorman, Tel: +353 1 460 3273 Email: CONTRIBUTORS: Brian Keogh DESIGN: Liviu Lungu PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty Images, Inpho, Pat Cashman ACCOUNTS: Joanna Zha, Tel: +353 1 460 3273 COPYRIGHT: No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without written permission of Walton Media. If such permission is granted, the source must be acknowledged at time and place of use. FOLLOW US: EUROPEAN TOUR LADIES EURO. TOUR IRISH NEWS TRAVEL EQUIPMENT STATS CLICK TO VIEW CONTENTS Leona is capable for LPGA Tour but will finish her degree first MAGUIRE CHOOSES EDUCATION OVER TOUR GRIND W ith 14-year-old Guan Tianlang appearing in the Masters a few years ago and Lydia Ko winning a LPGA Tour event at 15, it seems like there's more pressure than ever for young stars to play full-time pro golf. As Tiger Woods returns to the game this week as a golf-weary veteran at only 40, Leona Maguire's decision to finish her college degree instead of turning professional is admirable. There's no doubt that the World No 1 amateur was capable of progressing through LPGA Q-School but for her life and education were more important in the long-term. It was a path also taken by Pádraig Harrington, who only turned professional at 24 after finishing his accountancy degree. Mature and ready for the pro game from the start, he won a year later and the rest is history. Harrington says that the elite player has an average of 20 years at the top level no matter what and it does not matter when you start. If that is the case for Leona, then she has graduation and a great golf career to look forward to in the future. David Gorman Leona Maguire

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