It’s a true battle of major champions at the 2019 Evian Championship, with Sunday’s final two groups holding a combined 12 major championship titles.
It’s a true battle of major champions at the 2019 Evian Championship, with Sunday’s final two groups holding a combined 12 major championship titles. Leading the charge is 2014 Evian champion Hyo Joo Kim, who carded a third-round 65 to jump to the top of the leaderboard at -15.
Kim already owns the 18-hole scoring record with her first-round 61 in 2014 and should she take the win, she would become the first player to win multiple Evian titles since it was elevated to major status in 2013.
“I definitely have good memories of this tournament because of my win,” said Kim, who birdied four of her closing six holes to take the lead.
“That year I was able to go out on the LPGA Tour because I got my card, so I definitely have good memories. I'm going to keep that going into tomorrow and forget everything else.”
Just moments before torrential rains hit Evian Resort Golf Club, two-time major champion Sung Hyun Park made a birdie at No. 18 for a third-round 66 and pulled within one stroke of her Korean countrywoman. Lee and Park will be joined in Sunday’s final group by 2019 ANA Inspiration champion Jin Young Ko, who is tied for third at -11 with seven-time major winner Inbee Park. Park will play in the penultimate group, alongside 2012 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Shanshan Feng and Mi Hyang Lee, the lone player in the top six without a major title. Feng and Lee are tied for fifth at -10.
Ariya Jutanugarn shot the round of the day with a 7-under 64 and jumped from a tie for 31st into a tie for eighth at -8. The Thai star will play in the third-to-last group with Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (-9) and American Megan Khang (-8).
England’s Bronte Law climbed the leader board with a five-under-par 66. The Rolex Ranking No.23 made six birdies and a solitary bogey playing in warm and pleasant conditions.
She had a chip for eagle from the collar on the back of the 18th green and almost holed the shot, tapping in for a 54 hole total of six-under-par in the fourth major championship of 2019.
The Pure Silk Championship presented by Williamsburg winner in May explained: “I’m pretty comfortable with my wedges around the greens and can usually create a lot of different kinds of shots. My first thought was to see how the grass was and if I can cut across it a little bit. I then get some grab when it lands on the green and then let it release. I just think about a couple of inches behind the ball, because the rest of the grass doesn’t come into play. I’m really trying not to make contact with any of the grass behind it and catch it right there. A little bit back in the stance and open up the club face.
“I knew I had to shoot a decent score to have any chance of running at it tomorrow. I told my caddie, we need to get better each day, after the first day, and so far we’ve done that so I’m hoping to do that again tomorrow.”
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