Stephanie Meadow earned her second draw in as many matches at the Bank of Hope LPGA Matchplay after she and Megan Khang couldn’t be separated on day two of the round robin at Shadow Creek.
A birdie on the 18th from Khang snatched a share of the spoils and denied Meadow her first win of the competition.
Both players are still in with a chance of progressing to the knockout stages with Meadow taking on group leader Andrea Lee while Khang plays A Lim Kim. There could be a playoff to decide the winner of the group if Meadow and Khang both win their ties.
As the saying goes ‘2 UP with five to play never wins’ and that tale rang true for Jordanstown’s Meadow who found herself two ahead after a birdie two on the 13th. However, birdies on the 14th and 18th saw Khang come roaring back to take a point.
The result was probably a fair one as there was little to separate the pair until that point with both edging their noses in front on numerous occasions.
Overall, the lead changed hands four times.
Solheim Cup player Khang went ahead early with a birdie on the par- 2nd before Meadow levelled with a par five on the 4th.
A par on the par-4 6th was enough to see the 29-year-old turn the tie on its head and go 1UP.
Holes seven to ten were hectic with Meadow going AS, 1UP, AS, 1UP before it looked as if she was about to claim a scalp with five holes to play.
A famous victory didn’t come to fruition but the Arizona resident still has plenty to play for tonight.
The big result of the day came from Brittany Altomare who came from behind to down top seed Minjee Lee 2&1.
Altomare rallied from 3DN through five holes and sprinted 2UP through 14 before three successive pars gave her the win.
“I didn’t start off the way that I wanted to but, if I’ve learned anything from Solheim the last couple years, it’s you just can’t give up because you never know what’s going to happen in match play,” Altomare said.
“I wouldn’t say intimidated, but I just knew I had to play well. Obviously, she’s playing great and she’s an amazing player. There are not enough words to describe her golf game.”