Kyriacou tumbles from LPGA Tour lead

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Australian rookie Steph Kyriacou has tumbled from the lead in the second round of the LPGA Tour's ShopRite Classic in New Jersey.

Kyriacou mixed five birdies with two double bogeys and two bogeys in a one-over 73 on Saturday to fall into a tied for 14th, five shots behind new leader Frida Kinhult of Sweden.

Seeking her first tour victory, 22-year-old Kinhult birdied the par-5 18th for a 67 to reach nine under and leads by one shot from American Lauren Coughlin, who fired a bogey-free 65.

Su Oh is now the best-placed Australian, tied ninth and four shots from the lead after a 68.

Kinhult, who starred at Florida State, was the top-ranked amateur in the world in 2019.

"It felt pretty good out there," Kinhult said. "The course has been a very scorable one this weekend and I have to keep it going. I know I can't go out there (Sunday) and just make pars."

Gusting wind and rain are expected for the final round on Sunday.

"Tomorrow, anything can happen," Kinhult said. "I can't go out and make pars. I'll have to fight for my birdies tomorrow and try to get a low one to get a W."

Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Morgane Metraux were tied third at seven under, each shooting 67. Fourth-ranked Lydia Ko (65) was six under with Albane Valenzuela (66), Lindsey Weaver-Wright (68) and Nasa Hataoka (68).

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