Maguire and Meadow in Korea as LPGA nears conclusion

Ronan MacNamara

Leona Maguire (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire and Stephanie tee it up in Korea for the BMW Ladies Championship as the LPGA Tour begins its Asian swing. 

Maguire tees off in the opening three-ball alongside Stephanie Kyriacou and Jennifer Song as she returns to action following a solid performance at the Aramco Series in New York. 

The Cavan native shot rounds of 74, 72 and 69 for a one-under total, ten shots behind eventual winner Lexi Thompson. 

Team Maguire fared better but ultimately came up five shots shy on nineteen-under behind Team Gustavsson. 

The 27-year-old will skip next month’s event in Japan to focus on the FLorida run in which consists of the Pelican Championship and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. 

It has been a great year for Maguire who became Ireland’s maiden LPGA Tour winner in February and she is hoping to end 2022 on a high. 

“CME is the biggest one left on the schedule,” said Maguire. “It’s almost like a mini major for us with the way the purse has gone so yeah, get ready for Pelican and CME and finish the year off as strong I can.  

“It has been a great year either way but it would be nice to finish it with a good bonus in Florida.”  

Jordanstown native Meadow is hoping to maintain her late Tour Championship bid this week. 

It’s been a really consistent season for the 30-year-old after some heroic final tournament escapes to keep her card in recent years. Meadow has missed just seven cuts in 21 events, earning two top-10 finishes. 

This time around instead of looking over her shoulder at the card retention bubble she is looking towards the top-60 and a place at the CME Group Tour Championship. 

At 78th in the rankings she needs a good couple of events to secure her spot but it has undoubtedly been a season to build on. 

Meadow tees off alongside Alison Corpuz and Pornanong Phatlum.  

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