Ko in hunt for major crown in France

17 September, 2017, 17:41 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Evian Championship 2017- Day Three

"I was in a good position (after the first round), so I had wanted to buckle down and improve my score", said Miyazato, who won her first overseas championship here at the Evian Resort before the tournament became a major event on the tour.

Former No 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian victor, and Ayako Uehara of Japan each picked up three shots to be 6 under. Not saying to anybody else but to me that, hey, you're playing good stuff, and you just have to be patient and be positive.

Jutanugarn takes a one-shot lead into the third and final round of the Evian Championship - the final major of the season on the LPGA Tour.

Ariya, who was top-ranked this season, won the 2016 Women's British Open.

She went into the last day of play in third place, on seven-under par, two strokes adrift of Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.

Moriya has been playing in the shadow of sister Ariya Jutanugarn for the past two years, but Ariya has struggled with a shoulder injury for most of this season.

Lionel and Jay Hebert of the United States each won a U.S. PGA Championship, in 1957 and 1960, respectively.

Moriya had chances to match her 65 from Friday's first round though let birdie chances slip after consistently accurate approach shots.

"I didn't play well today, so I have a little gap from the top players", Park said.

A chip in from just off the green at the 16th for yet another birdie was the highlight of her round.

A strong trio of recent major winners are on 6 under, three shots back, and will play together on Sunday.

Level with Ko are classy Koreans In-Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park, the latter having squandered a healthy overnight lead by carding 73. Former No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian victor, carded a second 68. Jessica Korda, of the United States, and Women's British Open victor In-Kyung Kim were a further shot back on four-under. Ryu acknowledged letting it affect her that she had been leading on Thursday when play was suspended and then scrapped. I'm different now to what I was a year ago, and I think she really put it into great perspective for me. "For my situation it was unfair. I just keep trying".

Ariya won't be playing on Sunday when her sister chases history.

Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith also fought her way into the mix at one under with her own stellar second round of three-under-par 68.

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