LPGA 2021 - Drive On at Golden Ocala, Round 3: Austin Ernst leads by one


LPGA 2021 - Drive On Championships at Golden Ocala - Round three

From ESPN /AP:

Jennifer Kupcho made a 12-foot eagle putt on the final hole to cut Austin Ernst's lead to a stroke Saturday in the LPGA Tour's Drive On Championship.

Kupcho shot a 2-under 70 at rainy Golden Ocala, setting up the eagle with a fairway wood from 215 yards that just cleared the rocks and water fronting the green on the par-5 18th.

"I actually was like standing on the tee and I was like, 'I feel an eagle coming on.' So, it was pretty cool to do it," Kupcho said. "But when I got down there to the fairway I definitely didn't think it would be possible to get it close and I was not aiming anywhere close to where my ball went, but it happened to go right at the pin and carried by a couple yards, carried the water by a couple yards, and ended up in a good spot. I was able to just make the putt."

Ernst parred the last six holes in a 69.

"I didn't quite have it ball-striking-wise today," Ernst said. "I hit a few good shots, but then kind of sprayed a few drives and kind of had to work a little bit harder that I have had to work the last couple days."

The two-time LPGA Tour winner chipped in for birdie on the par-4 ninth. She was at 13-under 203.  More at this link

From the West Australian:

Katherine Kirk is best-placed of the two Australians playing the weekend with a one-over 73 leaving her at 2-under and in a share of 18th while Sarah Kemp (72) is two-over...

...Switzerland's Albane Valenzuela posted the low round of the day, a bogey-free 66 that featured a string of birdies on holes 3 through 5, and three more on the back at Nos. 12, 13 and 16.

She was joined by Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit (69) and Jenny Coleman (70) at seven-under.

Nelly Korda, last week's winner at the Gainbridge LPGA, started moving day three-shots off the leaders in fourth place but a four-over 76 dropped her to three-under and into a seven-way tie for 11th - in a group that includes her sister Jessica (69).  More here


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