AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- With the iron shots Laura Davies is hitting, she has little need for her driver.
Using a 3-iron on nearly every driving hole, Davies shot a 3-under-par 67 in the second round Friday to move into a first-place tie with Sherri Turner at the Philips Invitational.
''You don't really need it on this course,'' Davies said of her driver, which hasn't come out of its fuzzy puppy head cover in a week.
''I'm playing my irons so well. When you hit as long as I do, one bad shot and you're in a lot of trouble. It's a much easier game when you don't have to worry about hitting a driver off line.''
Averaging about 230 yards off the tee with her 3-iron, Davies was nearly perfect down the fairways and into the greens on a day when scores were generally low in a constant, sometimes swirling wind.
Davies held a 1-stroke lead over Turner at 6 under before 3-putting her last hole to drop back into a tie.
One of the longest hitters on the tour, Davies ranks 32nd in driving distance largely because she rarely uses her driver.
The last time the Englishwoman used a driver was in the first round of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship last week in Atlanta, where she tied for seventh.
''I hit it straight left and out of bounds,'' and put it back in the bag, she said. ''It's nice to hit fairways and just play steady.''
Steady sums up the first two rounds for Turner, a 16-year pro who hasn't won since 1989 or lived up to the promise of her LPGA Championship victory in 1988.
After a 65 on Thursday, Turner started Friday with a birdie. But she got just two more the rest of the day and gave away each of them with three bogeys as she finished with an even-par round of 70 on the 6,101-yar Onion Creek course.
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