Leona Maguire Backed For Olympic Gold Medal

Leona Maguire is being well backed to succeed where Rory McIlroy narrowly failed by adding to Ireland’s Olympic medal tally at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo this week.

McIlroy just missed out on a medal after a crowded play-off for bronze, but Maguire is teeing off with some very promising recent form in her favour having shot a Major record-equalling round of 61 in the Evian Championship, which catapulted her to tied-6th on the leaderboard on her most recent outing.

The world number 50 from County Cavan has now been backed into 20/1 from 25/1 with BoyleSports to win the gold medal,

while her chances of wearing any medal at the end of the tournament have been clipped into 6/1 from 8/1.

Ireland’s other representative in the women’s event can also tee off in Tokyo on a positive note after Stephanie Meadow’s final round of 67 in the Evian Championship saw her move into a tie for 29th as she continues to make ground in her bid to retain her tour card.

The Jordanstown woman will however be among the outsiders as she goes in search of an Olympic medal, at 80/1 to feature on the podium and 400/1 to win gold.