KPMG WPGA 2023, Day 06 Leona Maguire

18 Holes from History

Leona Maguire maintains solo lead heading into final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship

"Whatever will be, will be."

For a player with a solo lead heading into the final round of a major championship, Leona Maguire seems fairly relaxed.

The 28-year-old entered round three with a one-shot lead and exited 18 holes later with the same one shot lead, sitting at -7 overall after her third consecutive sub-70 round at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

"It was a little bit more of a mixed bag than it was the first few days," Leona said of her third round performance. "I felt like I hung in really well, had a few key up and downs out of bunkers to keep me going out there. Anytime you break 70 around a major championship golf course, you're pretty happy, so it's nice to do that for the third day in a row."

Leona started off hot in round 3 with a birdie on the par-4 1st, playing as the hardest hole of the day. After making the turn at two under for the round, the back nine was a bit up and down. A bogey on 17 left Leona at +1 on the back, before a closing birdie on 18 righted the ship.

"I think we got the plan right, I just didn't hit a couple of my targets that I would have liked, but for the most part I played really, really solid golf. My game's in good shape and just one more day."

One more day indeed. The attention now shifts to tomorrow, with the opportunity to make history as the first Irish woman to win a major championship. Despite the pressure and the weight of the moment, Leona is determined to stay focused keep things simple in the final round.

"I think the gameplan is the same as it was over the last three days - try and go out and execute really good golf shots, and if it's enough tomorrow then it's enough," Leona said. "I know it would mean a lot but I'm not trying to get ahead of myself or think about things like that. It's just another day on the golf course tomorrow."

Perhaps it is another day on the golf course tomorrow. Another day on the golf course to make history.