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Leona Maguire needs spectacular finish, starting this week, to win Rookie of the Year

Leona Maguire needs spectacular finish, starting this week, to win Rookie of the Year

The race for who will be named Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year has come down to two players: Patty Tavatanakit and Leona Maguire. But with Tavatanakit not in the field for this week’s BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea, Maguire has a chance to close a significant gap.

Tavatanakit, who won the season’s first major, the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills, took the top spot in the rookie-of-the-year standings with her maiden tour title and has further solidified her spot with eight more top-10 finishes.

But Maguire has found her form in the latter half of the season with five top-10s. She trails Tavatanakit by 360 points with three events remaining on the schedule.

Full-field tee times from the BMW Ladies Championship

The BMW Ladies Championship marks the beginning of the LPGA’s final stretch. Maguire is in the limited field, which has no cut. Rookies earn points, regardless of finish, with as many as 150 going to the winner. Maguire will need to finish sixth or better in Korea to give herself a chance of winning the award, otherwise, Tavatanakit will lock up ROY honors upon completion of the event. The Tour will play the two remaining events on the calendar in November…

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