Maguire and Meadow well placed at LPGA Matchplay

Ronan MacNamara

Leona Maguire (Photo by Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images)

Ronan MacNamara

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Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow are both on course to progress to the next stage of the T Mobile Matchplay Presented by MGM Rewards.

Both players are on level-par after the opening 18 holes with a new format this year breaking up the field into the top-64 after 36 holes of strokeplay.

Maguire and Meadow share sixteenth place on level-par after rounds of 72 and look set to make it through to Friday’s final round of strokeplay where the top-8 players are cut after 54 holes.

The top-8 players after 54 holes will play in the quarter-finals of the matchplay bracket.

Sei Young Kim leads the way on six-under-par while Danielle Kang and Rose Zhang are just a stroke behind.

Top-ranked Nelly Korda has some work to do to extend her three-tournament winning streak after shooting a 73. Lorena Ochoa, in 2008, was the last LPGA Tour player to win four in a row.

“I was thinking before the tee off this course is not going to easier because the past year we played match play all the round, so match play we don’t have to think much,” said Kim.

“But it’s change the format first three round, and then feels like a lot of things going on more I feel like. So I have to check the — on Monday basically every hole.

“So and then it works today. The front nine I didn’t expect I play that well like this much because I was like just keep the — yeah, some hole par is best, so I kind of very smart play. That’s what I wanted to go.

“So yeah, pretty solid round today. I’m very, yeah, happy with that.”


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