LPGA Drive On Championship R2

Three-way tie for lead in Ohio

July 31 – August 02
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
$1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3



As rain plagued the latter half of her second round at the LPGA Drive On Championship, Jodi Ewart Shadoff felt a bit lucky to shoot 72, putting her in tie for first by day’s end. Ewart Shadoff had 10 straight pars through the morning until a bogey on No. 11, following it up with two birdies on Nos. 12 and 14. After double bogey on No. 15, the 32-year-old finished strong with a birdie on the final hole to finish at -5 overall.

Drive On Championship R2 - Three-way tie for lead in Ohio
Jodi Ewart Shadoff. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


“You know, having wind or rain is fine. I like to play in difficult weather,” said Ewart Shadoff. “But having both can be a little bit of a challenge, so I’m glad that yesterday we had the wind and today we had the rain.”


Ewart Shadoff has a buddy on the bag to get her through the rest of the weekend’s challenges – fellow Englishwoman Holly Clyburn. Clyburn, a Symetra Tour Member, signed on as a temporary caddie during the Symetra Tour’s two-week break. Ewart Shadoff’s regular caddie, Shane Codd, will meet up with her in Scotland for the next two events overseas. So far, the friendly partnership is off to a hot start.

“We’ve been practicing a lot together in Orlando and she knows my game really well and we just work really well together, and it’s been good,” said Ewart Shadoff. “She’s a really good green reader. I usually like just for someone to tell me, yeah, that’s good, and she’s really good at obviously reading the greens.”



From Texas State Open win to Drive On, Boutier’s play is solid

In June, while the LPGA Tour was still sidelined during the quarantine, Celine Boutier returned to the golf course in style, winning the Energy Producers, Inc. Texas Women’s Open. She also captured a win on the Women’s All-Pro Tour, meaning the Frenchwoman comes into this week’s LPGA Drive On Championship as arguably one of the most prepared players on the course.

“I was purposeful about, you know, playing within a decent amount of range before the first tournament on the LPGA so that I wasn’t too rusty before I started,” said Boutier, who has a U.S. base in Dallas. “I feel like I did handle it pretty well because it also kept me motivated to practice. You know when you don’t have tournaments for three months, sometimes you don’t even want to go to the course. So the fact that I had a couple tournaments — I think I played like three of them the past two months — so the fact that I had something to look forward to and some kind of competition going was kind of nice.”


Those successes aside, the second round at Drive On produced challenges that have nothing to do with Boutier’s extensive preparations – bad weather. But Boutier, who grew up playing in tough conditions, didn’t seem to pay the rain too much mind.

“Obviously I prefer it dry and sunny, but I feel like I can handle tough weather conditions pretty well,” said Boutier with a laugh. “Like in Europe it’s not always great weather, and I played it Great Britain quite a bit. So I feel like whenever the conditions are tough I kind of actually like it, even though I don’t really like enjoy it per se. It’s a good challenge and I think especially on this course you have to be very, very smart.”

Boutier emerged as a star for the European Solheim Cup Team in 2020, going 4-0-0 and leading the squad to victory. She can’t help but think about next year’s competition, which will be held at Inverness Club, the host venue of the LPGA Drive On Championship.

“During the practice round, I was kind of trying to picture what it would be like. I think it’s going to be a fun track,” said Boutier. “I feel like the course this week is in great condition, so I don’t think it’s going to be playing that much different, which is kind of it’s nice. Yeah, I’m really looking forward to watching or playing in the Solheim.”



Schmelzel goes with the flow

Inverness Club received more than a half inch of rain on Friday and those who competed in the afternoon sat through a 45-minute suspension of play due to the constant rain. Only nine players returned below-par rounds, with Sarah Schmelzel and Alena Sharp both shooting the rounds of the day at 3-under 69. Schmelzel, who heads to the final round tied for fourth, actually enjoyed the inclement weather.

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“When we were on our way over here we were talking about how much we loved a day like this,” said Schmelzel, whose best career finish is solo sixth at the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic. “You almost throw the technique out of window and you’re just trying to get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible. So I loved it. I love days like this and looking forward to tomorrow.”

As difficult as the conditions were, Inverness Club is infamous for being tricky even on the best days. Patience and open-mindedness are key, and those traits are exactly what Schmelzel says she hopes to embody in Sunday’s final round.

“I think the course played so different yesterday from the practice rounds. It just got really firm and fast, and I think that’s where I took that mentality of just one shot at a time,” said Schmelzel. “You don’t know what’s going to happen out here. It’s a tough golf course. I think just stayed as patient as I possibly could be. This is such is difficult golf course, and you got to take what it gives you really.”



Kawamoto turns to veteran caddie

LPGA Tour rookie Yui Kawamoto returned one of the few red numbers in Saturday’s second round, carding two birdies and one bogey in her 1-under 71. The 21-year-old from Japan is tied for fourth heading into the final round, and she credits much of this week’s success to a new face on her golf bag – veteran LPGA Tour caddie Colin Cann, who caddied for some of the biggest names in the game, including major champions Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Paula Creamer, Sung Hyun Park and In Gee Chun.

“We both met through Paula’s manager, and he’s a super caddie,” said Kawamoto. “He tells me what I need to do; he gives me a lot of options, which makes me really comfortable, and that really made a change in my game.”

Kawamoto made quite a splash in her LPGA Tour debut in January, finishing tied for eighth at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. After missing the cut in both events in Australia, she returned to her home in Japan during the pandemic-related shutdown. Four months later and Kawamoto received a grand airport sendoff, with numerous media members covering her return to the United States for competition. Now, she’s heading into the final round firmly in contention for her first LPGA Tour title.

“I’m just simply very thankful and happy that I’m able to play out here again,” said Kawamoto. “I’ll do the same thing: focus on my game. I’ll be ready for tomorrow.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Celine Boutier
-5
68
71
139
T1
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
67
72
139
T1
Danielle Kang
-5
66
73
139
T4
Yui Kawamoto
-3
70
71
141
T4
Sarah Schmelzel
-3
72
69
141
T6
Sarah Burnham
-2
70
72
142
T6
Minjee Lee
-2
69
73
142
T6
Amy Olson
-2
69
73
142
T6
Lee-Anne Pace
-2
68
74
142
T10
Mina Harigae
-1
71
72
143
T10
Hee Young Park
-1
70
73
143
T10
Kelly Tan
-1
71
72
143
T13
Carlota Ciganda
E
70
74
144
T13
Perrine Delacour
E
73
71
144
T13
Brittany Lang
E
72
72
144
T13
Caroline Masson
E
72
72
144
T13
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
74
70
144
T13
Anne van Dam
E
71
73
144
T19
Gemma Dryburgh
1
73
72
145
T19
Austin Ernst
1
73
72
145
T19
Yu Liu
1
73
72
145
T19
Mel Reid
1
74
71
145
T19
Lexi Thompson
1
73
72
145
T24
Brittany Altomare
2
74
72
146
T24
Ashleigh Buhai
2
71
75
146
T24
Peiyun Chien
2
73
73
146
T24
Isi Gabsa
2
76
70
146
T24
Jiwon Jeon
2
73
73
146
T24
Cristie Kerr
2
73
73
146
T24
Azahara Munoz
2
73
73
146
T24
Lizette Salas
2
74
72
146
T32
Megan Khang
3
74
73
147
T32
Min Seo Kwak
3
73
74
147
T32
Brittany Lincicome
3
73
74
147
T32
Haley Moore
3
72
75
147
T32
Anna Nordqvist
3
72
75
147
T32
Bianca Pagdanganan
3
74
73
147
T32
Morgan Pressel
3
73
74
147
T32
Madelene Sagstrom
3
73
74
147
T32
Alena Sharp
3
78
69
147
T32
Marissa Steen
3
74
73
147
T32
Angel Yin
3
74
73
147
T43
Cydney Clanton
4
72
76
148
T43
Clariss Guce
4
75
73
148
T43
Linnea Johansson
4
72
76
148
T43
Kim Kaufman
4
72
76
148
T43
Sarah Kemp
4
73
75
148
T43
Christina Kim
4
74
74
148
T43
Jessica Korda
4
75
73
148
T43
Jennifer Kupcho
4
72
76
148
T43
Stephanie Meadow
4
74
74
148
T43
Jenny Shin
4
75
73
148
T43
Mariah Stackhouse
4
75
73
148
T43
Lindsey Weaver
4
73
75
148
T55
Kendall Dye
5
74
75
149
T55
Dana Finkelstein
5
70
79
149
T55
Lydia Ko
5
69
80
149
T55
Ruixin Liu
5
75
74
149
T55
Jennifer Song
5
74
75
149
T60
Jennifer Chang (a)
6
77
73
150
T60
In Gee Chun
6
77
73
150
T60
Katelyn Dambaugh
6
76
74
150
T60
Celine Herbin
6
75
75
150
T60
Haeji Kang
6
76
74
150
T60
Nelly Korda
6
76
74
150
T60
Andrea Lee
6
78
72
150
T60
Stacy Lewis
6
77
73
150
T60
Xiyu Lin
6
76
74
150
T60
Gerina Piller
6
76
74
150
T60
Robynn Ree
6
74
76
150
T60
Paula Reto
6
73
77
150
T60
Klara Spilkova
6
75
75
150
T60
Angela Stanford
6
74
76
150
T60
Kris Tamulis
6
71
79
150
T60
Charlotte Thomas
6
73
77
150
T60
Albane Valenzuela
6
73
77
150
T60
Cheyenne Woods
6
75
75
150
T60
Amy Yang
6
73
77
150
CUT
Matilda Castren
7
79
72
151
CUT
Bronte Law
7
78
73
151
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
7
79
72
151
CUT
Annie Park
7
74
77
151
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
7
79
72
151
CUT
Yujeong Son
7
76
75
151
CUT
Emma Talley
7
80
71
151
CUT
Laetitia Beck
8
75
77
152
CUT
Dori Carter
8
78
74
152
CUT
Youngin Chun
8
76
76
152
CUT
Muni He
8
73
79
152
CUT
Katherine Kirk
8
77
75
152
CUT
Alison Lee
8
77
75
152
CUT
Ally McDonald
8
74
78
152
CUT
Elizabeth Nagel
8
76
76
152
CUT
Haru Nomura
8
78
74
152
CUT
Beatriz Recari
8
74
78
152
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
8
74
78
152
CUT
Linnea Strom
8
76
76
152
CUT
Jing Yan
8
79
73
152
CUT
Jenny Coleman
9
77
76
153
CUT
Laura Diaz
9
74
79
153
CUT
Tiffany Joh
9
81
72
153
CUT
Kyung Kim
9
79
74
153
CUT
Esther Lee
9
76
77
153
CUT
Rachel Rohanna
9
74
79
153
CUT
Maia Schechter
9
70
83
153
CUT
Patty Tavatanakit
9
76
77
153
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
10
78
76
154
CUT
Lauren Coughlin
10
78
76
154
CUT
Daniela Darquea
10
77
77
154
CUT
Caroline Inglis
10
75
79
154
CUT
Cheyenne Knight
10
77
77
154
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
10
79
75
154
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
10
80
74
154
CUT
Brianna Do
11
78
77
155
CUT
Lindy Duncan
11
81
74
155
CUT
Jillian Hollis
11
76
79
155
CUT
Alana Uriell
11
82
73
155
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
11
78
77
155
CUT
Dottie Ardina
12
78
78
156
CUT
Maria Fassi
12
79
77
156
CUT
Lee Lopez
12
75
81
156
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
12
74
82
156
CUT
Maria Fernanda Torres
13
76
81
157
CUT
Julieta Granada
14
81
77
158
CUT
Natalie Gulbis
15
81
78
159
CUT
Kristy McPherson
15
79
80
159
CUT
Alison Walshe
15
80
79
159
CUT
Ashli Bunch
16
79
81
160
CUT
Vicky Hurst
16
83
77
160
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
17
83
78
161
CUT
Kris Tschetter
19
82
81
163
CUT
Tiffany Chan
21
79
86
165
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