Amy Olson from the US confirmed no signal of nerves as she shot a bogey-free 65 to take a two stroke lead into the ultimate spherical of the Evian Championship, the ultimate main of 2018.
Locked in a four-way share of the lead in a single day, the 26-year-old from North Dakota began strongly with a birdie on the primary gap in unseasonably heat circumstances and temperatures of 24C on the Evian Resort Golf Membership.
Though there was a tussle for the lead on the entrance 9, she regained her benefit with an eagle on the lengthy ninth gap. She then made three additional positive aspects on the slim par-Four 12th gap and the quick 14th and 16th to complete on a 54-hole complete of 14-under-par.
Searching for her first title in 5 years on the LPGA Tour, Olson thrives within the majors and completed tied for ninth on the ANA Inspiration in California in April, having performed within the closing group with the winner, Pernilla Lindberg.
“The factor I realized essentially the most from enjoying with Pernilla is that you just shouldn’t fear about bogeys. Bogeys are going to occur,” stated Olson, who has her older brother as her caddie for the championship. “Persistence goes to be key tomorrow.”
South Korean Sei Younger Kim is 2 strokes again in second place after firing a bogey-free 64 and she or he felt that the greens have been barely tender and attackable. The 25-year-old from Seoul has 12 skilled wins, together with seven on the LPGA Tour and completed tied for sixth within the Evian Championship final 12 months. She has essentially the most wins on the LPGA with no main and set the all-time document for 72-hole scoring in LPGA historical past with a complete of 31-under-par 257 within the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Basic.
She stated: “I really feel nice with a bogey-free spherical in the present day. That was my aim and I didn’t watch the chief board.”
The 2014 Ricoh Girls’s British Open champion Mo Martin from the US is 2 strokes additional again in third place, with former world primary and Olympic gold medallist Inbee Park from South Korea, Angela Stanford from the US and England’s Georgia Corridor tied for fourth place on nine-under-par.
5 strokes again heading into the ultimate spherical, Corridor, the latest Ricoh Girls’s British Open champion, stated: “I don’t thoughts the place I’m. It’s do-able however I undoubtedly must gap some putts.
“It was a bit up and down in the present day. I had an excellent entrance 9 however I missed some on the again. The pin positions have been powerful.”
Corridor was briefly within the lead on 10-under however bogeyed the 12th and missed her eagle likelihood from eight toes on the 13th, earlier than dropping one other shot on the par-Three 14th, the place she pulled her tee shot left of the inexperienced. She blocked her tee shot proper on the 17th, however managed to save lots of par after chipping out to the green from behind a bunch of timber.
“The 17th is a tricky gap and I’m glad I made that eight-footer. On 14 I used to be in between golf equipment and thought a rescue was an excessive amount of so I hit my iron as exhausting as I may. I had a fantastic likelihood for eagle on 13, in order that was disappointing.”
The spherical of the day belonged to Ryann O’Toole from the US, whose eight-under-par 63 was the bottom spherical of her profession.
She stated: “Simply the most effective spherical in competitors since I used to be 16. Since I used to be 16, I’ve simply shot a bunch of 7-unders and haven’t been capable of break it.
“In the present day was good. It’s humorous, I can’t wait to see Jenny Shin, as a result of we received accomplished after 18 yesterday and after we completed the spherical, she checked out me and goes, You simply must preserve your putter decrease on the again. That’s why they’ve all been leaping. I’m like, Uh! Okay. So afterwards I went and labored on it, and in the present day I suppose it simply was rolling nicely.”
O’Toole is tied for seventh and can begin the ultimate spherical six strokes again.
There are 5 US gamers within the high 10 heading into Sunday. The final American to win at Evian was Natalie Gulbis in 2007, when the match was known as the Evian Masters. There have additionally been two first-time winners, like Olson, within the Majors this 12 months.
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