Maguire looking for spark in final round of BMW Ladies Championship as Thitikul pulls ahead

Adam McKendry

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

Leona Maguire will hope to finish the BMW Ladies Championship on a high note as she couldn’t make the third round move she was hoping for in the Republic of Korea.

The Cavan woman could only manage two birdies and one bogey in a one-under 71 at Oak Valley Country Club to leave her one-under-par for the tournament having opened with back-to-back 72s.

Down in a share of 42nd, Maguire is 14 shots off leader Atthaya Thitikul and is therefore only playing to try and improve her Race to CME Globe standing as the season reaches its conclusion.

The European Solheim Cup star is currently projected to drop to 16th and will need to show more in her final round than what she did on Saturday to claw her way up the standings as birdies at third and 15th came either side of a solitary bogey at the sixth.

Similarly, Stephanie Meadow will hope to finish strongly after a poor third round that saw her slump to a four-over 76 as she bogeyed four of her last six holes.

The Galgorm touring pro birdied her opening hole but that would be her only gained shot of the day as a bogey followed at the ninth, and then she dropped further shots on 13, 14, 16 and 17 for a horror finish.

Down in a share of 69th, Meadow will be keen to post a low number on Sunday to boost her own Order of Merit ranking as she is currently projected to drop to 81st.

Meanwhile, Thitikul will take a one-shot lead into the final round after she racked up five birdies on her back nine on her way to a 67 on day three in Korea to set the pace at 15-under-par.

The Thai golfer is a stroke clear of New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who fired a bogey-free 66 in her third round to sit 14-under, where she is joined by Andrea Lee after the overnight leader could only manage a 70.


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