Moriya takes slender Evian lead

Evian Championship 2017- Day Four


The championship was reduced to a 54-hole tournament after significant rain, high winds and wet course conditions caused Thursday's scheduled first round to be canceled.

This season, she has has had a string of decent finishes, including eight top-10s, and was in the final pairing at last month's British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland. Women's British Open victor In-Kyung Kim bogeyed the par-4 18th in her round of 69.

"It was good for me playing in the last group in a major at Kingsbarns".

"But I reckon if I keep knocking on the door, one day it will be my turn", she said. The 13-year LPGA Tour veteran from Australia, who now makes her home in Kansas, did not have a single top-10 finish in 2015 or 2016, and only made 19 of 38 cuts.

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

"My aim is to win my first tournament, but I don't want to put pressure on myself".

"It's just. nice to know you can still do it at 35 years old and as one of the older players out here".

"I mean, golf is amusing; I wasn't expecting it for sure, but yeah, I kind of surprised myself even, and certainly since then, it's just, yeah, been nice".

The only sisters to have won on the LPGA Tour are the Swedes Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam. Annika won 72 times, and Charlotta won once.

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Moriya is now ranked 32nd in the world.

"I played pretty solid today", Moriya said, "couldn't make a little more putts". The 65 she returned on Saturday is tied for the lowest round of her career, and she knows that she'll need to duplicate that effort on Sunday to give herself a chance for that elusive first LPGA win.

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

"But now I think I'll play a few more years".

"That (win) was a huge confidence boost, especially after struggling for a couple years and questioning whether I'd be playing much longer", Kirk confessed after her second-round 69.

Jutanugarn the 23 year old older sister of former World Number One, Ariya, leads the Evian Championship in Evian les Bains in France by one over Japan's Ayako Uehara with Australian Katherine Kirk another shot back while 2017 major champions, I.K. Kim and Sung Hyun Park along with a resurgent Lydia Ko, lurk in 4th position and just three from the lead.

On six-under, just three off the lead, are a formidable threesome.

Defending champion In Gee Chun of South Korea, whose 21-under total then set a majors record, shot a second straight 70 to be 2 under.

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