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Emma Talley (65) surges into lead at ISPS Handa World Invitational

Field Level Media
31 Jul 2021, 09:40 GMT+10

Emma Talley shot a 7-under 65 at Massereene Golf Club in her second round to move to 13-under 132 and take a three-shot lead at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Galgorm, Northern Ireland.

Talley leads fellow American Jennifer Kupcho and South Korea's Chella Choi, two of the first-round co-leaders, who are now tied for second at 10 under.

Friday marked the first of two cuts at the debut event being held at two host courses. For the first two days, golfers played one round at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and one at Massereene; Galgorm Castle will host the final two rounds.

In addition to Friday's standard 36-hole cut, there will be a second cut after the third round to include only the top 35 and ties.

After turning in a 6-under 67 at the par-73 Galgorm Castle on Thursday, Talley kept things hot Friday with nine birdies at Massereene against only two bogeys.

Talley, 27, played the back nine first. Frustrated after a three-putt bogey on No. 2, she bounced back to finish her round with birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9.

"I looked at my caddie after the round and I said, 'Maybe I should get mad more often,' because after that (three-putt) I just started playing really well," Talley said. "I hit it well all day. Left a few putts out there, but other than that I played pretty well."

Talley is in search of her first LPGA Tour win. Her best finish of the season was a tie for fourth earlier this month at the Volunteers of America Classic.

Choi and Kupcho shot matching rounds of 3-under 69 at Massereene on Friday after opening with rounds of 66 at Galgorm Castle. Each golfer recorded four birdies and one bogey.

Kupcho acknowledged the challenge of playing two courses in two days.

"Yeah, it's definitely different," she said. "The conditions are also different at both courses, as well. I think (I need) to just come out and trust my caddie and work well together with him and just see what I can do."

England's Charley Hull (68 at Massereene on Friday) and Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh (70 at Massereene) are tied for fourth at 9 under entering the weekend. South Korea's Min Seo Kwak (70 at Galgorm Castle) is alone in sixth at 8 under.

The event is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and European Tour. A field of 144 men are also competing on the same courses and the prize funds will be split equally between the women and men.

--Field Level Media

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