LPGA Drive On Championship R4

Austin Ernst goes wire-to-wire

March 04-07
Golden Ocala Golf Club, Ocala, Florida
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




Austin Ernst closed with a 2-under 70 to win her third LPGA Tour title at the Drive On Championship on Sunday, her second title in six months following the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.


“I think it’s just really cool to be in the heat of it all week and to be able to perform the way I did,” said Ernst. “To hit the shots I hit, and to shoot the scores I shot, I think it’s just kind of testament to me, that I can do this week in and week out and just if I have a little belief myself kind of what I can do.”

Ernst, who missed the cut in the Gainbridge LPGA last week, gives the US its third consecutive victory to open a season, following sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda, the first time it has happened since 2007.



“I think the difference this week even just the last week was I just fully committed to believing in what I do and that it’s good enough,” said Ernst.

“I think this week proved that it’s more than good enough. It was fun to walk up and know that I was going to win. I haven’t had that yet, so that was fun.”


Five shots behind in second place is Jennifer Kupcho, co-leader with Ernst in the first two rounds. She produced three bogeys and a double bogey on Sunday for a 74.

“I set myself up after 12 to be able to make a little bit of a move,” said Kupcho. “I just missed a pretty easy up-and-down, honestly, on 13, and obviously missed the putt on 14. But I didn’t really think it was over until I hit the tee shot on 15. Everyone hits bad shots. It’s just unfortunate that’s when mine came for the week.”



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Jenny Coleman completed the trio of Americans at the top of the leaderboard after closing with a 71 to finish at 8-under.

“It helps boost my confidence and know I have the game to be out here and I deserve to be out here,” said Coleman.

Jessica Korda closed with a 71 to tie for eighth at 4-under. Nelly Korda closed with a 75 to finish in a tie for 28th at even par.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Austin Ernst
-15
67
67
69
70
273
2
Jennifer Kupcho
-10
67
67
70
74
278
3
Jenny Coleman
-8
70
69
70
71
280
4
In Gee Chun
-7
70
73
69
69
281
5
Albane Valenzuela
-6
70
73
66
73
282
T6
Danielle Kang
-5
72
70
69
72
283
T6
Leona Maguire
-5
69
71
73
70
283
T8
Jennifer Chang
-4
73
71
69
71
284
T8
Jaye Marie Green
-4
68
72
74
70
284
T8
Charley Hull
-4
74
70
70
70
284
T8
Megan Khang
-4
69
72
73
70
284
T8
Lydia Ko
-4
69
72
72
71
284
T8
Jessica Korda
-4
69
75
69
71
284
T14
Perrine Delacour
-3
71
74
70
70
285
T14
Sei Young Kim
-3
72
70
73
70
285
T14
Gaby Lopez
-3
69
72
74
70
285
T14
Jennifer Song
-3
70
72
73
70
285
T14
Patty Tavatanakit
-3
70
70
69
76
285
T19
Carlota Ciganda
-2
71
65
75
75
286
T19
Yu Liu
-2
70
70
77
69
286
T19
Caroline Masson
-2
70
75
70
71
286
T19
Lexi Thompson
-2
74
69
74
69
286
T23
Brittany Altomare
-1
70
73
69
75
287
T23
Aditi Ashok
-1
72
73
70
72
287
T23
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
70
72
74
287
T23
Xiyu Lin
-1
72
70
75
70
287
T23
Hee Young Park
-1
73
72
68
74
287
T28
Kristen Gillman
E
75
70
71
72
288
T28
Haeji Kang
E
73
72
70
73
288
T28
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
73
71
71
73
288
T28
Nelly Korda
E
67
70
76
75
288
T28
Mel Reid
E
70
74
70
74
288
T28
Jing Yan
E
68
74
74
72
288
T34
Ashleigh Buhai
1
70
70
72
77
289
T34
Lindy Duncan
1
69
73
73
74
289
T34
Ally Ewing
1
71
73
72
73
289
T34
Sarah Kemp
1
72
72
74
71
289
T34
Stephanie Meadow
1
71
75
71
72
289
T34
Anna Nordqvist
1
74
70
75
70
289
T34
Ryann O’Toole
1
71
71
74
73
289
T34
Sung Hyun Park
1
73
73
71
72
289
T34
Elizabeth Szokol
1
72
73
70
74
289
T34
Angel Yin
1
71
74
71
73
289
T44
Georgia Hall
2
74
72
72
72
290
T44
Brooke M. Henderson
2
74
69
74
73
290
T44
Yealimi Noh
2
74
72
76
68
290
T44
Mariah Stackhouse
2
69
74
74
73
290
T48
Nicole Broch Larsen
3
72
74
70
75
291
T48
Cristie Kerr
3
74
69
73
75
291
T48
Katherine Kirk
3
69
72
73
77
291
T48
Sophia Popov
3
74
70
71
76
291
T52
Dana Finkelstein
4
75
70
75
72
292
T52
Tiffany Joh
4
73
71
75
73
292
T52
Stacy Lewis
4
71
73
75
73
292
T52
Jenny Shin
4
74
72
73
73
292
T52
Lindsey Weaver
4
72
74
73
73
292
T57
Cydney Clanton
5
74
72
74
73
293
T57
Annie Park
5
71
72
76
74
293
T59
Mi Jung Hur
6
69
72
80
73
294
T59
Jeongeun Lee6
6
69
77
68
80
294
T59
Sarah Schmelzel
6
71
74
74
75
294
T62
Daniela Darquea
7
72
74
74
75
295
T62
Bronte Law
7
70
73
73
79
295
T62
Jaclyn Lee
7
74
71
72
78
295
65
Wichanee Meechai
8
73
73
74
76
296
T66
Dani Holmqvist
10
70
76
75
77
298
T66
Haley Moore
10
75
71
73
79
298
T68
Eun-Hee Ji
11
75
70
76
78
299
T68
Jane Park
11
70
76
72
81
299
T70
Laura Davies
12
75
69
76
80
300
T70
Mina Harigae
12
74
71
77
78
300
CUT
Celine Boutier
3
73
74
147
CUT
Sarah Burnham
3
73
74
147
CUT
Sandra Gal
3
76
71
147
CUT
Jiwon Jeon
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jin Young Ko
3
75
72
147
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
3
75
72
147
CUT
Haru Nomura
3
75
72
147
CUT
Laura Restrepo
3
76
71
147
CUT
Angela Stanford
3
75
72
147
CUT
Marina Alex
4
74
74
148
CUT
Ssu-Chia Cheng
4
72
76
148
CUT
Azahara Munoz
4
73
75
148
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
4
71
77
148
CUT
Lizette Salas
4
75
73
148
CUT
Alena Sharp
4
75
73
148
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
4
74
74
148
CUT
Anne van Dam
4
72
76
148
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
74
75
149
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
5
73
76
149
CUT
Caroline Inglis
5
75
74
149
CUT
Brittany Lincicome
5
76
73
149
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
5
72
77
149
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
5
75
74
149
CUT
Robynn Ree
5
74
75
149
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
5
74
75
149
CUT
Maria Torres
5
74
75
149
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
6
75
75
150
CUT
Esther Henseleit
6
74
76
150
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
6
81
69
150
CUT
Gerina Piller
6
77
73
150
CUT
Linnea Strom
6
79
71
150
CUT
Amy Yang
6
76
74
150
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
7
76
75
151
CUT
Jillian Hollis
8
76
76
152
CUT
Esther Lee
8
76
76
152
CUT
Liz Nagel
8
73
79
152
CUT
Chella Choi
9
76
77
153
CUT
Brittany Lang
9
74
79
153
CUT
Tiffany Chan
10
71
83
154
CUT
Maria Fassi
10
76
78
154
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
10
79
75
154
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
11
78
77
155
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
11
77
78
155
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
11
78
77
155
CUT
Muni He
12
82
74
156
CUT
Marissa Steen
12
76
80
156
CUT
Emma Talley
12
76
80
156
CUT
Alana Uriell
13
79
78
157
CUT
Katherine Perry-Hamski
14
79
79
158