Meadow stalls in Cincinnati as Taiwan’s Chien takes control of the tournament

Rian Noctor

Stephanie Meadow (Photo by Steph Chambers/R&A via Getty Images)

Stephanie Meadow shot a frustrating round of one-under-par 71 to sit five-under-par and in a tie for 19th place at the Kroger Queen City Championship.

Meadow made three birdies and one bogey to sit nine shots off the lead in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Peiyun Chien of Taiwan holed out for eagle on the sixth hole and played bogey-free on Friday for an 8-under 64 to build a four-shot lead as she tries for her first LPGA Tour victory.


Chien has won three times on what is now the Epson Tour and twice on the Taiwan LPGA.

“I really want to play well in America and go back to Asia, play Asian Games for my country,” said Chien, who reached the halfway mark at 14-under-par 130 at Kenwood Country Club.

Morgane Metraux of Switzerland and 18-hole leader Ruixin Liu of China are tied for second place after shooting a 66 and 69 respectively.

Former U.S. Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso six-under-par 66 and Charley Hull of England shot a four-under-par 68 and both are five shots behind. Rose Zhang shot a four-under-par 68 to sit eight shots behind.

Lexi Thompson gets to play golf for two more days. Thompson made eight birdies to offset some mistakes in her round of 68. That allowed her to make the cut for the first time since the Women’s PGA Championship, and it was her lowest score of the year in individual stroke play.


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