Stephanie Meadow leads the Ireland challenge after Leona Maguire faded and Jennifer Kupcho fired an eight-under 64 to take a six-shot lead in the final round of the Chevron Championship at Mission Hills.
Ordanstown star Meadow carded five birdies in a sensational, bogey-free 67 to move up to tied 21st with four under par.
But she is 12 shots behind Kupcho, who led the week’s low round by 16 shots, six shots ahead of defending champion Patty Tavatanakit and setting a new 54-hole 200 scoring record.
It was a great day for Kupcho and Meadow, but a disappointing one for Maguire, who slipped from 20th to 44th after a 74th.
The co-cavan star bogeyed the first, shagged the second but then made 10 pars in a row before bogeys on the 13th and 15th left her 15 strokes behind the woman who finished 5th in last year’s Solheim Cup in singles on Sunday and 4 struck.
“Everything worked,” said Kupcho, who carded eight of her nine birdies in her first 12 holes. “I mean seriously this week I think my putting is definitely the props. I putt really well and you have to putt in a big championship.”
Kupcho comes out Sunday not only looking for her first major championship title, but also her first LPGA Tour win and a chance to become the fourth first-time winner of the season.
“I can’t control what anyone else does. So if I just go out and play my game, someone else can go out and do what I did today,” Kupcho said.
“So really just go out there and focus on hitting the fairways and greens and hitting good shots on putts.”
At the Valero Texas Open, Brandt Snedeker (67), Beau Hossler (67), Dylan Frittelli (70) and JJ Spaun (69) lead with a shot at 10-under par from Scott Stallings at TPC San Antonio.
In the PGA Tour Champions, Padraig Harrington made three birdies and three bogeys on a par 72 level to slip from a tie for the lead to tied 11th at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Mississippi.
Steven Alker posted a tournament record 10-under 62 to lead through a shot by Bob Estes at 11-under, while Harrington tied for 11th at 5-under with Darren Clarke, who shot 67.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/stephanie-meadow-best-of-irish-abroad-as-leona-maguire-and-padraig-harrington-fade-in-us-41515674.html Stephanie Meadow best of Irish Abroad as Leona Maguire and Padraig Harrington fade in the US