– Leona Maguire used a fabulous finish to avoid another near-miss at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Maguire played her final six holes in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 for a 2-shot victory Sunday, her second tour win after two straight second-place finishes in the Michigan event.

The 28-year-old Maguire, from Ireland, was the runner-up at Blythefield Country Club in both 2021 and last year. She won her first LPGA Tour title last year at the Drive On Championship. Sunday’s finish was her third straight in the top 10 heading into two upcoming majors: The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week at Baltusrol and the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach on July 6-9.

“The goal today was just to go out and shoot as low a score as possible and see where I ended up,” Maguire said. “This one is, I think, that little bit sweeter after coming so close two years in a row.

“I know a lot of people this week were saying, ‘You’re due one, this course owes you something,’ all the rest. But I suppose that’s not golf. Golf usually doesn’t work like that. But nice that it all worked out well for me this week.”

Maguire made six birdies and an eagle in her bogey-free round to finish at 21-under 267. She caught playing partner Ariya Jutanugarn with an eagle on the par-5 14th hole to reach 18 under, then closed with three straight birdies to pull ahead of Jutanugarn and Xiyu Lin.

“My goal today was to shoot 20-under par,” Maguire said. “I thought if I got to 20, that would be a good target to set for the girls coming behind. I didn’t look at leaderboards. … It was obviously a bonus to go 1 better, 21, and obviously bogey-free on a Sunday is very nice as well.”

Maguire was solid but unspectacular on the front nine, birdieing both par-3s, and was 2 under for the day through 12 holes. She then birdied the par-3 13th to kick off her torrid closing stretch.