Stephanie Meadow vowed to learn from her mistakes after finishing tied 18th at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii with a five-over-77 win.
The Jordanstown star (30) went into the final round in fourth, four strokes behind leader Hyo Joo Kim in her bid for the first LPGA win.
But she got off to a disappointing start to her final round at Hoakalei Country Club when she hit three bogeys and two double-bogeys against just one birdie to turn six-over-42.
“Not the Sunday I was looking for, but proud of how I played at the back today,” Meadow said after making eight pars and a birdie two on the back nine on the 15th, by 10 strokes behind to end the winner with a deficit.
“I’m learning from my mistakes and I’m ready to go to LA. See you next year, Hawaii.”
Leona Maguire was 48th with a three-pointer as she made 69 seven birdies and four bogeys on the final round.
Kim finished with a one-under 71 to secure her fifth career LPGA Tour title with two shots from Japan’s Hinako Shibuno for 11-under par.
She is now seventh in the Race to CME Globe standings, Maguire is down one place to ninth and Meadow is up seven in 45th.
Kim, who started the day with a three-shot lead, bogeyed the par-3 on the 17th to see her lead cut to just one shot before tipping to two feet on the 18th for a final birdie to prepare.
“I’m proud of that shot,” Kim said. “Maybe I got a lot of people to sit on the edge of their chairs, so I felt great about it.”
Meadow and Maguire move on to the DIO Implant LA Open at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, where world number one Jin Young Ko is the leading player in the field and Canada’s Brooke Henderson is the defending champion.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/stephanie-meadow-proud-of-back-nine-comeback-in-hawaii-41561116.html Stephanie Meadow ‘Proud’ of Hawaii Back 9 Comeback