Royal Portrush’s Stephanie Meadow came of age firing a one under par 71 in the third round at the Kraft Nabisco LPGA tour event at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California. After bogeying four of her first 7 holes on Saturday morning, Stephanie showed true character to knuckle down and birdie 5 of her remaining 10 holes to see her into the top 40 going into Sunday’s final round. Birdies at 9, 11, 13, 16 and 18 saw her sign for a remarkably recovered 71 to see her join Lydia Ko (NZL)
[Photo: Pat Cashman courtesy ILGU]
Rolex Rankings No. 4 Inbee Park took her three shot lead into the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship (@KNCGolf) and never looked back. The South Korean continued her putting prowess she exhibited all week at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club and carded a 3-under 69 on Sunday en route to the four-stroke victory and her second-career major title. The win marks the third-straight South Korean to win an LPGA Tour major championship and fifth of the last seven.
The five-time LPGA Tour winner came out of the gates hot on Sunday, carding back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 while Lizette Salas, who trailed Park by three shots to start, double bogeyed the first for a three-shot swing.
No one came within four shots of Park throughout the day until fellow South Korean and close friend, Rolex Rankings No. 9 So Yeon Ryu birdied her final hole on No. 18 to post the low round of the week, a 7-under 65, to finish 11-under par for the tournament and runner-up honours.