Meadow signs off with 68 for top-20 finish at Marathon Classic

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Meadow signs off with 68 for top-20 finish at Marathon Classic

Stephanie Meadow (Photo by Sue McKay/Getty Images)

Stephanie Meadow fired her best round of the week on Sunday to close out her Marathon Classic race in fine style in Ohio.

The Jordanstown professional saved her best golf for the final day and it could’ve been even better but for a bogey at the 72nd hole.

In the end she had four birdies in a final round three-under par 68 and her six-under tally was good enough for a share of 20th overall.

There was real drama at the head of affairs as former world number one, Lydia Ko looked set to end her 44 event winless run at Highland Meadows.

She certainly wouldn’t have been fearing Danielle Kang who trailed Ko by five shots with just six holes to play, that was until Ko’s gut-wrenching collapse.

Even after bogeys at 14 and 16, Ko looked nailed on to win – at the very least have a second chance at a playoff – but playing the last with a one shot lead, and greenside in two on the par-5 18th, it all went horribly wrong.

She hit her chip through the green. With a slightly uphill lie in patchy rough, she duffed the chip and watched it roll into a bunker. She blasted that out to 10 feet and missed the putt that would have forced a playoff. She wound up with a 73 to Kang’s 68 and missed out by one.

Ko reached No. 1 in the world as a teenager and now is outside the top 50. Kang’s 15-under tally earned her a fifth PGA Tour win.

The two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion won last week when the LPGA Tour resumed its schedule at tough Inverness Club in nearby Toledo and is quickly making a winning habit out of her post-lockdown time on tour.

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