Moriya takes slender Evian lead

Kelvin Reese
September 18, 2017

Both players shot 66 to tie on nine under par, and a bogey five at the first play-off hole - the 18th - was good enough for the 30-year-old to add another major to the 2009 LPGA Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn became the first Thai golfer to win a major at last year's Women's British Open, and victory for her older sibling on Sunday would make them the first sisters to be major champions since the formation of the LPGA Tour in 1950.

Nordqvist, the 2009 Women's PGA Championship victor, shot a five-under 66 to charge from tied 11th to a share of the lead at the conclusion of the third round in Evian-les-Bains, where the LPGA Tour event was reduced by 18 holes due to bad weather earlier this week. Thailand's Moriya Jutanugran, the overnight leader, was two ahead at the turn, but her chances of a first win on Tour were blighted by a drive out of bounds at the 13th.

Moriya was the 2013 Rookie of the Year, but has never won on the LPGA Tour.

Kirk fired a closing one-under-par 70 to finish eight under and just one shot adrift of a playoff at the Evian Championship, eventually won by Sweden's Anna Nordqvist in atrocious conditions.

It took 15 months for Nordqvist to have another shot at a major, but this time she capitalized.

It capped a bittersweet tournament for the former world No.1, who has endured a testing year but played with aplomb at a tournament she won two years ago.

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Australian Katherine Kirk and Swede Anna Nordqvist are three shots back after shooting 66s with Americans Marina Alex and Jessica Korda and South Korsean In-Kyung Kim another shot back at 4 under. After trading in a bogey with a birdie on the front nine, Park went bogey-birdie-double bogey-bogey-bogey over her first five holes on the back nine to fall to two-under for the championship.

After a second-round 68 at the weather-shortened Evian, she is in pole position to become her country's second major victor.

Birdies at the third and fourth holes were followed by bogeys at the seventh and 13th before the 20-year-old launched her attack.

No. 1-ranked So Yeon Ryu (71) finished on 2 over, and No. 2 Lexi Thompson of the USA missed her chance to take the top spot. Two holes later, play was stopped.

She steeled herself during the second round.

"I played my heart out and I tried my best and that's all I can do", Ko said. "I thought it was just for second", said Altomare.

"I chipped in for birdie at the first hole, so that was a good start", she said.

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