Thursday 5 December 2019

Meadow fixes eyes on making cut

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland hits her 3rd shot on the 9th hole during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Photo credit: David Cannon/Getty Images
Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland hits her 3rd shot on the 9th hole during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Photo credit: David Cannon/Getty Images

William S Callahan

STEPHANIE MEADOW picked herself up, ironed out any creases and got herself ready for today's battle to beat the cut in the second round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

With admirable resilience, the young Ulsterwoman quickly put the first setback of her fledgling professional career behind her – an opening five-over 77 on the sun-splashed but breezy links.

That left Meadow (22) a couple of shots outside the likely cut mark and nine behind leader Ayako Uehara of Japan, who shot 68 and was one of only nine players who managed to break par.

"Tough day on the course," Meadow wrote on Twitter. "But I had a very productive practice session afterwards. I'm learning all the time."

A sensational third-place finisher on her professional debut at last month's US Open and third again in last Sunday's Ladies European Masters, Meadow shared 86th, one behind Pinehurst-winner Michelle Wie when play ended.

Meadow had two bogeys in her first five holes and went through the turn in three-over after a birdie three at eight with a double-bogey six at nine.

Two more bogey fives at 11 and 13 were followed by birdie two at 14. She then rebounded from a stinging double-bogey seven at 15 and holed from 40 inches for a consoling birdie four at the last.

This week she formally signed with American management company Blue Giraffe, agents for her playing companion yesterday Lexi Thompson, who shot 72. Meadow then received an invite to next Month's Wegman's LPGA in Monroe, New York, so she'll play three Majors in her first eight weeks as a pro.

Things have moved even faster for local Pinehurst caddie Bradley Yutzy, who worked for Meadow at the US Open and was invited to take up the bag full-time.

He had never travelled on a plane before last week's flight to London. Like Meadow, Yutzy's new on Tour.

"We can do it our way," she said, "because he doesn't have any preconceived notion of what we should be doing." Women's British Open,

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