Jutanugarn charges into Evian Championship lead

Sung Hyun Park

The American, who finished the day at the Evian Resort Golf Club four shots behind Park in joint fifth, told GolfDigest.com: "It sucked because I was playing so well yesterday, and some people weren't playing so well yesterday that are playing well today, and there's nothing I can do about that".

She went into the last day of play in third place, on seven-under par, two strokes adrift of Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn. Kirk won the Thornberry Creek LPGA classic earlier this year, her first win since 2010.

It came the day after slumping to six over par after nine holes before heavy rain caused the tournament to be re-scheduled over 54 rounds starting from this morning.

Park admitted that the Tour decision had represented a good break - "I guess it was for me, yes", said the 23-year-old who won her first major, the US Open, in July.

"When Ariya won the British Open at Woburn previous year, I finished not long before her and dashed out to watch her play the last few holes", recalled the big sister. "Hey, you know what, I can win out here, and just keep believing and keep doing the right things, and you never know what happens".

"It was good for me playing in the last group in a major at Kingsbarns". "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". Annika won 72 times, and Charlotta won once - at the 2000 Standard Register Ping in Arizona.

"I really enjoyed my round today", said Song, who has two career-top 10 finishes. A chip-in birdie at 16 was the highlight of her round. "I had been struggling for a couple of years and was wondering whether I should go on much longer".

"I gave myself a lot of looks for birdies, especially on my back nine, but I just wasn't making many putts", she said.

Moriya Jutanugarn is on course to join her sister, Ariya, as a major champion after an impressive second-round 68 earned her the outright lead at the Evian Championship.

But the young New Zealander then missed a series of further chances to get closer to the leader as she reeled off 10 consecutive pars to match her opening 68, and she shares fourth with South Korean pair In Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park.



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