US Women's Open: Stephanie Meadow buoyed by third place

Stephanie Meadow was playing in her first tournament since turning professional

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow says her superb third place the US Women's Open has made her more hungry to secure a major championship.

The 22-year-old Royal Portrush golfer was playing in her first tournament after turning professional.

Meadow finished three shots behind winner Michelle Wie and her prize money of more than $270,000 should be enough to secure her LPGA tour card.

"This whole experience is only going to make me work harder," said Meadow.

"I did not win - there are still people beating me and I am competitive, so I want to try and win majors some day.

"I am going to go back and work hard. If you are a competitive person, this is a driving force, you do well and you want more. So that is what I'm going to do."

Meadow, a former British Amateur champion, has been based in the United States since she was 14.

After opening with a one-over-par 71 on Thursday, Meadow had a 72 on Friday before Saturday's 69 moved her to within four strokes of leaders Wie and Korea's Amy Yang.

A closing 69 saw Meadow, who is originally from Jordanstown in County Antrim, finish one over par for the tournament.

Her performance at Pinehurst means a dramatic rise from 601st in the world to 95th.

"I always believed that I could do it," added Meadow. "The amount of hours I have put in for I don't know how many years. This is what I have been working for.

"To see all that pay off was really amazing. But to do it on my first week and to have enough confidence to keep going, I am proud of myself for doing that."