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Solid finish to a positive season on LPGA Tour for Stephanie Meadow



Steady ship: Stephanie Meadow can reflect on positive season on the tour

Steady ship: Stephanie Meadow can reflect on positive season on the tour

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Steady ship: Stephanie Meadow can reflect on positive season on the tour

Stephanie Meadow finished her 2020 in solid fashion after finishing tied-38th at the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

The Jordanstown woman carded a level-par 72 in her final round at Tiburon Golf Club to stay put on the leaderboard after finishing at one-under-par for the week.

Despite a middle of the pack result, Meadow can take plenty of positives from the week, especially since the outcome could have been better but for one bad round - a 76 on Friday.

The victory went to World No.1 Jin Young Ko, who claimed her seventh LPGA Tour title after a stunning back nine saw her triumph by five at 18-under-par.

Cavan's Leona Maguire had a difficult final round and carded a three-over 75 to finish in a tie for 46th at one-over.

In all, it has been a positive season on the LPGA Tour for Meadow, who had four top-20 finishes - including her tied-third result at the Pelican Championship - and this was a good way to round off the year.

The 28-year-old mixed three birdies with the same number of bogeys to finish the day where she started at one-under, but this has been a good campaign all things considered.

Maguire, meanwhile, started the day one shot better than Meadow but ran into bogey trouble around the turn, dropping six shots in as many holes after the eighth to finish the day with a disappointing 75.

At the top, it was a tightly fought race for the title and the $1.1m (£815k) prize between Ko and defending champion Sei Young Kim, but it was the former who pulled away at the end, rattling in five birdies in her last seven holes to win by five ahead of Kim and Hannah Green.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland amateur Olivia Mehaffey will round out her year by competing at the Arnold Palmer Cup at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge over the next three days.

The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament which pits the top US collegiate golfers against their international counterparts, with Mehaffey representing Arizona State.

The original event was scheduled for July at Lahinch Golf Club in Co Clare but was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Belfast Telegraph