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LPGA Drive On Championship: Austin Ernst takes five-stroke victory over Jennifer Kupcho |  Golf news


Austin Ernst won his third LPGA Tour title with a dominant victory in the Drive On LPGA Championship in Florida; Ireland Leona Maguire finished sixth and England Charley Hull finished eighth

Last updated: 08/03/21 12:15 am

Austin Ernst was sprayed on the 18th green after his five-stroke win

Austin Ernst won a third LPGA Tour title and second in as many years with a end-to-end victory at the Drive On LPGA Championship in Florida.

Ernst took a one-stroke lead over Jennifer Kupcho on the final day at Golden Ocala Golf Club and quickly pulled away from her playing partner, with two under 70s enough to earn a five-stroke victory.

The American finished 15 under and five shots ahead of Kupcho, who could only return a 74, with compatriot Jenny Coleman two more shots in the third ahead of Korea’s In Chee Gun.

LPGA Drive On Championship: Austin Ernst takes five-stroke victory over Jennifer Kupcho |  Golf news

Austin Ernst missed the cup in his last LPGA start from Gainbridge

After the lead duo opened with three straight pars, a two-stroke swing saw Kupcho Bogey the fourth and Ernst roll in an eight-foot birdie to open up a three-stroke advantage.

Ernst dragged a putt from the green to six feet and posted another birdie, before firing his tee shot in the sixth from close range and taking advantage of the seventh par-five to reach the six-turn ahead.

Kupcho birdied the 10th and 12th, where Ernst posted the first of consecutive bogeys, to briefly reduce the advantage to three, only for Kupcho to also drop a shot in the 13th and then perform a double bogey in the 15th.

Ernst then analyzed the final three holes to complete his convincing victory, which is his first since the 2020 NW Arkansas Championship.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire birdied the final two holes to end the week tied for sixth alongside Danielle Kang, while a 70th final round from Charley Hull was enough to claim a share of eighth.

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