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Ernst, Kupcho stay tied for lead

You get quite a few wedge opportunities, so you have to take advantage of it with how firm the greens are, especially some of the par-threes where it’s kind of hard to get it close or even hold the green like on 11.

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Austin Ernst rides on quick start to keep share of the lead at the US LPGA Drive On Championship. / Michael Reaves/Agence France-Presse

MIAMI (AFP) — Austin Ernst fired a bogey-free five-under par 67 Friday to maintain a share of the lead alongside Jennifer Kupcho at the halfway stage of the US LPGA Drive On Championship in Ocala, Florida.

Kupcho, who started the day tied for the lead with Ernst and Nelly Korda, had six birdies and a bogey in her second-round 67 to join Ernst on 10-under 134 — two shots clear of Spain’s Carlota Ciganda who fired an impressive bogey-free round of seven-under 65 for an eight-under total of 136.

Korda, coming off a victory at the Gainbridge LPGA last week, stayed in touch with the leaders with a two-under 70 that left her alone in fourth on 137, two strokes in front of American Jenny Coleman (69).

Ernst got off to a quick start with birdies at the 10th and 12th holes. She picked up another shot at 18 before taking sole possession of the lead at nine-under with a birdie at the third.

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