Tough final round sees Maguire and Meadow miss chances for gains at Kroger Queen City

Adam McKendry
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Tough final round sees Maguire and Meadow miss chances for gains at Kroger Queen City

Leona Maguire (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow both had rough finishes to the Kroger Queen City Championship as they failed to make the gains they were looking for in the fourth round.

Maguire closed with a level-par 72 at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati to finish the week at six-under-par and in a share of 24th, while Meadow struggled to a 78 to end her tournament one-over and in a tie for 63rd.

Both have suffered a hit in the Race to CME Globe standings, with Maguire dropping one place to 14th, but Meadow will be more concerned as she has now slipped to 75th, closer to the top-80 threshold that keep their full playing rights for next year.

Her final round was one that never got going, the Jordanstown woman carding five bogeys and a double-bogey, along with one birdie, in her six-over round that saw her tumble down the standings.

Meanwhile, Maguire started dreadfully with a double-bogey at her opening hole, but four birdies and two bogeys saw her finish the day where she started at six-under.

Both were well off winner Ally Ewing, who closed with a six-under 66 to claim a one-shot win over Xiyu Lin in a two-way race for the title to be crowned the inaugural winner of the Kroger Queen City Championship.

The American had led after the third round but fell behind as Lin carded three birdies in her first seven holes, but a sensational run of five straight birdies from the 12th put Ewing out of reach and allowed her to close out her third LPGA Tour victory.

“The change that I made in the couple weeks before (the CP Women’s Open) was big in just shortening the back stroke,” revealed Ewing.

“In Canada I was really close to putting some stuff together, but still kind of a little finicky. This week… I saw putts go in. Once I saw them go, I had that confidence.”

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