LPGA Drive On Championship R2

Ally McDonald takes lead in Georgia

October 22-25
Reynolds Lake Oconee, Great Waters Course, Greensboro, Georgia
$1,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Ally McDonald fired a 68 on Friday to reach 10-under 134 and take the lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee.


McDonalds played 6-under for her first twelve holes but lost her momentum with back-to-back bogeys on the 5th and 6th holes.

“I was just thinking like I don’t want to discredit my round just because I played a couple bad holes towards the end of the day. I put myself in a great position to hit some really good shots and it was really solid for I guess would’ve been 13 holes. Just the last two of the last five were just kind of few bad swings. I’m still striking the ball great and I’m looking forward to the next two days.”



Her 134 is her lowest 36-hole score since a 133 at the 2020 ISPS Handa Vic Open and she is leading after 36 holes for the first time in her career.

“I think it’s really easy as a person who has never won to get ahead of yourself. We all really, really want to win. That’s why we do this, that’s why we compete, is to put yourself in contention as much as we can. The next two days I’m just going to try to execute my game plan, stick to one shot at a time. If I find myself getting ahead, I need to regroup, back off, and be right in the moment, be present, and try to execute the shot I have.”


One shot back at 9-under are rookie Bianca Pagdanganan and five-time winner and overnight leader Danielle Kang.

Pagdanganan fired a second-round 67 to earn a career-best 36 hole score of 135 on Friday.

Ariya Jutanugarn opened with a bogey and double bogey but recovered with four birdies and an eagle on the the second hole for a 69 and a fourth place at 8-under.



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“I hit pretty good tee shot and I have like 195 and it’s like downwind, so I hit 6-iron and I have 20 feet and make the putt,” she said of the eagle. “On that hole I feel like I have good commitment with every shot I hit.”

Carlota Ciganda and Katherine Kirk shot the low rounds of the day with second-round 65s. 

“Pretty much everything [was working],” said Ciganda. “I think the putting was key, making a few more putts. I hit both par-5s in two, so that was a two-putt birdie an of par-5s. But then I made a couple good putts. I mean, I still hit it close to like four, five feet, but then I made a nice 20-footer on 6.” 



Ciganda fired six consecutive birdies on the front nine and finished in a tie for seventh, jumping 57 shots from the previous day.

Kirk made seven birdies and a single bogey and moved into a tie for fifth place.

“I felt comfortable from the get-go. I felt comfortable yesterday, to be honest, as well. I only made two birdies all day which was unusual for me because I usually make a lot and throw in a few mistakes, too,” said Kirk. “Just nice to get off to that good start and keep it rolling. There is plenty of chances out there. It’s just a matter of staying patient and attacking pins that are more accessible, which I did pretty well.” 




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ally McDonald
-10
66
68
134
T2
Danielle Kang
-9
65
70
135
T2
Bianca Pagdanganan
-9
68
67
135
4
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
67
69
136
T5
Katherine Kirk
-7
72
65
137
T5
Pernilla Lindberg
-7
68
69
137
T5
Mel Reid
-7
69
68
137
T8
Brittany Altomare
-6
71
67
138
T8
Matilda Castren
-6
69
69
138
T8
Chella Choi
-6
69
69
138
T8
Carlota Ciganda
-6
73
65
138
T12
Celine Boutier
-5
69
70
139
T12
Perrine Delacour
-5
69
70
139
T12
Alena Sharp
-5
70
69
139
T12
Lindsey Weaver
-5
67
72
139
T12
Angel Yin
-5
72
67
139
T17
Mina Harigae
-4
72
68
140
T17
Robynn Ree
-4
70
70
140
T17
Jennifer Song
-4
65
75
140
T17
Marissa Steen
-4
68
72
140
T21
Megan Khang
-3
71
70
141
T21
Christina Kim
-3
71
70
141
T21
Lydia Ko
-3
71
70
141
T21
Jessica Korda
-3
74
67
141
T21
Jennifer Kupcho
-3
70
71
141
T21
Brittany Lang
-3
71
70
141
T21
Stacy Lewis
-3
70
71
141
T21
Gaby Lopez
-3
70
71
141
T21
Yealimi Noh
-3
72
69
141
T21
Elizabeth Szokol
-3
71
70
141
T21
Kelly Tan
-3
70
71
141
T32
Lindy Duncan
-2
71
71
142
T32
Hannah Green
-2
74
68
142
T32
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
72
70
142
T32
Brittany Lincicome
-2
72
70
142
T36
Cristie Kerr
-1
73
70
143
T36
Minjee Lee
-1
70
73
143
T36
Andrea Lee
-1
75
68
143
T36
Esther Lee
-1
71
72
143
T36
Xiyu Lin
-1
74
69
143
T36
Su Oh
-1
71
72
143
T36
Sophia Popov
-1
72
71
143
T36
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
72
71
143
T36
Patty Tavatanakit
-1
72
71
143
T45
Lauren Coughlin
E
69
75
144
T45
Maria Fassi
E
73
71
144
T45
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
75
69
144
T45
Cheyenne Knight
E
72
72
144
T45
Caroline Masson
E
71
73
144
T45
Stephanie Meadow
E
74
70
144
T45
Pornanong Phatlum
E
74
70
144
T45
Angela Stanford
E
72
72
144
T45
Anne van Dam
E
74
70
144
T54
Daniela Darquea
1
72
73
145
T54
Kristen Gillman
1
70
75
145
T54
Yu Liu
1
76
69
145
T54
Wichanee Meechai
1
73
72
145
T54
Amy Olson
1
72
73
145
T54
Annie Park
1
74
71
145
T54
Mariah Stackhouse
1
70
75
145
T54
Lexi Thompson
1
71
74
145
T54
Jing Yan
1
75
70
145
T63
Ashleigh Buhai
2
72
74
146
T63
Brianna Do
2
72
74
146
T63
Linnea Johansson
2
73
73
146
T63
Haeji Kang
2
71
75
146
T63
Leona Maguire
2
74
72
146
T63
Haley Moore
2
71
75
146
T63
Liz Nagel
2
73
73
146
T70
Austin Ernst
3
75
72
147
T70
Julieta Granada
3
74
73
147
T70
Jiwon Jeon
3
72
75
147
T70
Azahara Munoz
3
75
72
147
T70
Gerina Piller
3
72
75
147
T70
Morgan Pressel
3
71
76
147
T70
Jenny Shin
3
71
76
147
T70
Yujeong Son
3
76
71
147
T70
Alana Uriell
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jennifer Chang
4
74
74
148
CUT
Tiffany Joh
4
72
76
148
CUT
Kim Kaufman
4
71
77
148
CUT
Lizette Salas
4
75
73
148
CUT
Linnea Strom
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
4
71
77
148
CUT
Emma Talley
4
70
78
148
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
70
79
149
CUT
Juli Inkster
5
77
72
149
CUT
Min Seo Kwak
5
72
77
149
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
5
75
74
149
CUT
Klara Spilkova
5
80
69
149
CUT
Sarah Burnham
6
76
74
150
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
6
78
72
150
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
71
79
150
CUT
Sarah Kemp
7
76
75
151
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
7
77
74
151
CUT
Jenny Coleman
8
77
75
152
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
9
74
79
153
CUT
Jaclyn Lee
9
80
73
153
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
9
76
77
153
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
9
77
76
153
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
10
78
76
154
CUT
Maia Schechter
10
79
75
154
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
11
77
78
155
CUT
Jillian Hollis
11
77
78
155
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
11
76
79
155
CUT
Lee Lopez
12
79
77
156
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