Despite her best efforts, it was a case of one step forward and one back for Stephanie Meadow as a second round even-par 72 saw the Jordanstown professional miss the cut by two at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
Meadow had returned to action after a week off having sat out the year’s first Major and it may have contributed to an uncharacteristically inaccurate performance from the normally straight-hitting pro.
Having hit just just 6 of 14 fairways in round one, Meadow managed to improve that number by just one on day two while she found less greens in regulation on Thursday with just 11 of 18 hit. Her 28 putts, however, five less than round one amounted to four birdies, four bogeys and 10 pars which brought her home at parity for the round with her plus-two total ultimately falling two shots shy of the cut mark.
Unfortunately it’s back to the drawing board for Meadow as the scoring continued at a blistering pace atop the board in West Oahu.
South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji added a 65 to her opening 64 to burst two clear at 15-under par at the halfway stage.
Overnight leader, American Nelly Korda, who fired a stunning nine birdies in a blemish free nine-under par 63 on day one, added a 68 to claim outright second heading into moving day.
Defending champion, Brooke Henderson and Australian, Minjee Lee share third at 11-under par.
Last year, Henderson shot a three-under par 69 in the final round for a 12-under par winning total. Scoring looks to be coming much easier this week and with Lotte again on board as title sponsor, the tournament boasts a prize purse worth $2,000,000.
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