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Meadow moves into medal contention but frustration for Maguire

Meadow shot a 68 and Maguire stuck a 70 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

IRISH GOLFERS STEPHANIE Meadow and Leona Maguire are tied 10th and 18th respectively after their third rounds at the Kasumigaseki Country Club today.

Meadow hit a 68 to move to -7 while Maguire struck a 70 and is on -5 ahead of the final round tomorrow.

The clear leader is American Nelly Korda on -15. India’s Aditi Ashok is second on -12 with a group of four two shots off tied in third. 

diarmuid-byrne-and-leona-maguire Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

It was a disappointing total for Maguire who started brightly on the front nine with two birdies to kick off. After back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th hole, the Cavan woman was -8 and in the top five. 

However, she followed it up with a triple-bogey and a par. Another bogey on the 12th dealt her medal hopes a big blow. 

stephanie-meadow Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Meadow opened the day with four successive pars and also birdied the 8th. Then came a bogey but the 29-year old picked up another birdie on the 13th. She finished strongly after an outstanding approach allowed her to birdie the 17th and shot the same on the final hole.

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“I am just focused on shooting something really low tomorrow. Posting a number and seeing what happens. It is going to be tight, probably play-offs. Just give it all I have and hopefully make the country proud,” Meadows told RTE after her round.

“Happy to be back in it. I fought hard and I think that is something I can be proud of.”

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