Home favourite Celine Boutier holds a three shot lead heading into the final day of The Amundi Evian Championship
We all want Major championships to be a test but at times on Friday, it was an uncomfortable watch as players tackled difficult conditions. Saturday, on the contrary, was a more enjoyable day which lived up to the moving day tag line.
A two tee, three ball start meant that all players were out on the course by 9am local time due to the threat of bad weather. This produced a condensed amount of time and an action packed seven hours of play at The Aumdi Evian Championship.
Korda makes her move
One of the early movers was Nelly Korda, the American looking to finally gain some traction in Majors this season. Korda, who celebrated her 25th Birthday yesterday, shot the round of the day with a bogey free seven-under-par to jump up the leaderboard for a tie of fifth at six-under-par.
Korda comes into this week after winning the individual title at the Aramco Team Series - London, something that she has credited with helping to build her confidence. But how did she feel after her round today?
"Honestly, relieving. It was super nice to see all the hard work kind of pay off today. Obviously still have 18 more holes, anything can happen, but I made a push today on moving day, which I'm really happy about.
"The entire round was just flowing really nicely. It was not like the momentum just set off at one point. I hit a really nice drive on one; wedged it really nicely and then rolled in. And thank God I hit the back of the hole on two because I was coming in hot. Other than that, like I think just the entire day was kind of flowing really nicely for me where I just capitalized on the good shots I was hitting."
Lee is in third and well placed for Sunday
Past Champion Minjee Lee also made big strides on moving day, with a five-under-par 66, to climb to a tie for third with defending champion Brooke Henderson. A solid day with a lot to play for on Sunday:
"I mean, pretty solid. I feel like I've had something missing the first couple of days, and then today I still made two bogeys on 5 and 6.
"I felt like it was kind of coming together, so hopefully I can keep the momentum going for tomorrow."
Boutier looking for her first Major victory
Overnight leader Celine Boutier gave a solid performance, considering the pressure on her shoulders. A four-under-par front nine saw her seize control, with a minor blip coming from a dropped shot on 12. Another birdie was added on 15 and she narrowly missed out having a four-shot lead as her final putt came up just short on 18.
How did the 29-year-old feel about her third round?
"Feeling very satisfied with my round. I feel like it was definitely a grind. I was able to start off pretty good. I feel like I missed a few shots in the beginning of the back nine, but was able to scramble, and so I feel like it's pretty positive and solid round for me today."
Boutier will play with Nasa Hataoka, who at one point on Saturday got to 10-under-par. Two bogeys on 14 and 16 meant that the 24-year-old had to settle for a three-under-par round and go into Sunday at eight-under-par.
Hataoka will be able to build on her experience of being in the final group of the U.S. Women's Open only a few weeks ago. She is keeping confident heading into the final day:
"I was dialed in, especially front nine today, but unfortunately I was not able to make chances on back nine. So hopefully get more birdies tomorrow. Tomorrow is another new day and I want to enjoy next 18 holes."
There's no doubt that Boutier will be the favourite to win amongst the crowd tomorrow and she is going to remain positive to build on the foundations that she had laid as she looks to secure her first Major title:
"I'm just going to take a lot of confidence. I feel like the past three rounds have really been three different weather conditions, so the fact that I've been able to keep my game solid for the past three days is very positive. Just going to try to focus on that tomorrow."
The weather is looking much fairer tomorrow, warm and dry. Boutier and Hataoka will tee off at 12:25pm tomorrow. As with any Major championship, it is likely to come down to the back nine... we can't wait!
View the full Amundi Evian Championship leaderboard here.
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