Stephanie Meadow is looking forward to the tour’s final visit to Mission Hills for this week’s Chevron Championship after clinching her first top 10 since the Olympics at the JTBC Classic in California.
Armed with a new putting style, the Jordanstown star finished with a two-under-70 and a tie in 10th place at 10-under par, six shots outside of a playoff that saw Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul defeat Denmark’s Nanna Koertz Madsen defeated the second taphole.
While Leona Maguire ranked 42nd in the four-under with a two-over-74 with two double bogey sevens, four birdies and two bogeys, Meadow made four birdies and two bogeys and is now looking forward to the first major of the season .
“I finally got some putts to roll this week,” said Meadow, who placed 19th at Mission Hills last year. “Although the greens are a bit bumpy, I did a lot. Yes, just looking forward to next week. The game is going in the right direction. Yes it was great.”
As for her putting, Meadow is confident after making a big change, moving up 52 spots to 58th in the Race to CME Globe rankings, while Maguire fell four spots to seventh.
“I started putting with a line on my ball, so that’s a pretty big deal for me,” she said. “It has allowed me to commit to my lines much better. For next week I’ve played this golf course a million times it feels like even in college; I know it pretty well. Just keep doing the same things. It’s a big week but it’s still the same.”
With growing confidence, she added: “Yes, I mean, it’s huge. It’s nice to see some putts roll in. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good putting week so really happy with it.
“You know, I had a lot of chances at the back. I just didn’t convert and then two bad shots and then I had a bogey. So it is the way it is. Happy not to make mistakes and keep fighting.”
This will be the final edition of the Chevron Championships at Mission Hills as the event moves to the Houston area next year.
“Oh, I mean, it’s crazy,” said a nostalgic Meadow. “Obviously there’s so much tradition there and it goes on – just walking down the 18th, seeing all the names and the pond, I mean it’s a fabulous experience so I’m definitely going to enjoy every last second of it.” I’m sure Chevron will find a way to carry on traditions and make them just as special.”
As for the JTBC Classic, rookie Thitikul came six shots down on Koerstz Madsen when she fired an eight-under 64 to hit a clubhouse goal of 16-under par.
Koerstz Madsen came a shot clear in 18th and needed par to win her second title in as many starts, but she made a three-putt and shot 70 before losing on the second hole.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/just-excited-heading-into-next-week-stephanie-meadow-on-a-high-ahead-of-opening-major-of-season-41496642.html “Just excited to head into next week” – Stephanie Meadow on a high before the season’s inaugural major