March 23, 2018

Moriya takes slender Evian lead

17 September 2017, 09:40 | Melvin Schneider

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden celebrates with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament

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A revitalised Lydia Ko has a shot at putting her 2017 woes behind her and winning the final women's golf major of the year.

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

Park took advantage of the ultimate Evian mulligan when LPGA officials made a decision to wipe away first-round scores after a weather suspension of nearly 4 1/2 hours at the course overlooking Lake Geneva. That was Willie Park's fourth Open title. She cruised with the same calm demeanor she has shown throughout her young career that included her win in July at the U.S. Women's Open.

Park shot 63 in the first round of the Evian a year ago, when she finished joint second as Chun In-gee won over the standard 72 holes in a world record of 21 under par.

"I played pretty solid today", Moriya said, "couldn't make a little more putts".

Katherine Kirk is one further back after the Australian staged a gallant recovery from being two over after eight holes, following a birdie at nine with gains at 13, 16 and 17 to return a creditable 69.

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"At these major events, the keys are the fairways and greens this week", said Moriya, who is still looking for her first LPGA victory. It won't be the same, but I mean, I just want to keep doing what I want to do, just you know, like try to play my game and focus on what I can do and what I can - you know, what is under my control. "It looked like plenty of good chances out there today". "It was very stressful and I was nervous and excited". All three playing partners will seek their first major. It would also be the third time this season, joining Danielle Kang (Women's PGA Championship) and Park.

Two pairs of brothers have won major titles, though not for more than 50 years. The seven-time LPGA victor said she doesn't think about that result much anymore. That's her really first major.

Should she hold onto her position and win the tournament on Sunday, Jutanugarn would join her sister Ariya as a major victor - a feat that would see them become the first sisters to achieve that accomplishment.

Kirk will start the final round just two shots off the lead after shooting a two-under-par 69 second round on Saturday to get to seven under. Notable players outside of the top 72 in the current standings include rookies Aditi Ashok (76), Emily K. Pedersen (78), Olafia Kristinsdottir (79) and Mel Reid, as well as Americans Alison Lee (80), Paula Creamer (87) and Christina Kim (92).

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