Meadow runs hot on back nine to roar into mix at Mizuho Americas

Ronan MacNamara

Stephanie Meadow (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Stephanie Meadow roared home in 32 to put herself into contention early at the Mizuho Americas Open as she opened with a 68.

Meadow lies in a share of third place on four-under after she carded four birdies on her back nine.

Having played the course from back to front and turned in level-par, the Jordanstown native birdied two of her next three holes before birdies on 6 and 8 catapulted her into the mix and she trails Lauren Hartlage by three shots.


“I putted good but I hit some really solid iron shots today, which was nice. You know, I gave myself a lot of opportunities on the back; not so much on the front,” said Meadow.

“Kind of got it going on the back, so was it nice to kind of see the shot shape that I wanted to hit was actually happening and going close, so that was nice.

“You know, couple par-5s in there that are reachable. You know, couple shorter par-4s. Couple wedges in.

“But still by no means easy holes. I think it’s just slightly easier, but people making putts for sure.”

The 31-year-old has missed four of her last five cuts but was pleased to see her hard work on the practice range come to fruition.

“Yeah, you know, like I said, the course is awesome. I like the setup. It’s just nice to see some things that I have been working on coming through to tournament play.

“I’m just going to stick to the same thing. I have my coach here this week and my husband, so it’s nice to have my team around me and I’m just going to keep doing the same thing.”


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