Stephanie Meadow might just have turned a corner after brilliantly playing her last two holes in three-under to secure her season’s best finish at the Marathon Classic in Ohio.
The Jordanstown professional has missed a string of cuts this term as she battles to maintain her place at the top table of women’s golf but Meadow’s tied 11th finish in Ohio might just provide the catalyst to enable her to do it.
Meadow was only one under par for the day playing her penultimate hole before she turned a good week into a great one with an eagle – birdie finish at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Having hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and needing just 28 putts, Meadow’s nine-under par tally should provide validation that the hard work is finally starting to pay off, while the significant cheque worth $26,717 earned for the effort should help ease the pressure along the way too.
“T11 this week at the Marathon LPGA. Best finish of the year so far and finally feeling like myself,” Meadow wrote on Instagram.
Sei Young Kim won the title on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season, making five straight birdies in a mid-round burst and shooting a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson.
Kim began the birdie run on No. 7 and finished at a tournament-record 22-under 262 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The 26-year-old South Korean player has nine tour titles, also winning the LPGA Mediheal Championship in May in California.
“I really wanted another win, especially this week, because the last two weeks I play really bad,” Ki said.
Thompson, a stroke behind Kim entering the day, closed birdie-eagle for a 66.
“She played some amazing golf,” Thompson said. “I didn’t have my best ball-striking day, but 5 under, finished well. She played amazing. It’s very well deserved.”
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