Meadow form continues as Maguire misses out at Palos Verdes Championship

Adam McKendry

Megan Khang and Stephanie Meadow at the Palos Verdes Championship Presented by Bank of America (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Stephanie Meadow posted a strong second round to make the cut at the Palos Verdes Championship but a back nine collapse saw Leona Maguire miss out for the second week in a row on the LPGA Tour.

Five birdies and two bogeys on her way to a three-under 68 saw Meadow make it in with three shots to spare at one-under-par for the week, however Maguire dropped six shots on her inward nine to finish with a second consecutive 74 to miss out at six-over-par.

It’s another frustrating week for the Cavan woman, who is yet to kick on from her win at the LPGA Drive On Championship, especially after she gave herself a chance of making the cut with two birdies on her front nine, but collapsed on the back.


It was better fortunes for Meadow, though, who continued her strong form with a much better Friday performance to move inside the top-30 in Palos Verdes in California.

The Jordanstown woman notched four birdies on her first nine – the back nine, having started at the 10th – and even though she dropped two shots on her inward nine, a late birdie at the par-five seventh got her under-par and in a position to potentially kick on over the weekend.

It will need a big performance for her to do so, however, as she is eight shots behind runaway leader Hannah Green, who added a five-under 66 in her second round to open up a commanding three-shot lead at nine-under-par.

The Australian carded seven birdies and two bogeys in her second round to head into the weekend in a very strong position to pick up her third LPGA Tour win, with Lydia Ko, Megan Khang, Minjee Lee and World No.1 Jin Young Ko her nearest challengers at six-under-par.

“I had a lot of close wedge shots today which is nice, because I feel like that hasn’t really been the strongest part of my game as of late. Started with three birdies and the longest putt I had was five feet, so that’s always nice. But made a couple errors coming in,” said Green.

“Kind of got a little bit gusty and tricky with the wind, trying to figure out the correct club and shots. So hopefully I can keep as many bogeys off the scorecard and keep making birdies. I think there will be some low scores.”

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