Evian (France) (AFP)
Lee6 Jeongeun tightened her grip on the Evian Championship on Saturday as she followed her magic 61 second round with a more measured lap of 68 which still contained a remarkable shot that suggested it would be her week.
Three ahead halfway through the season’s fourth major, the former US Open champion increased her lead to five when she landed an 89-yard corner kick for an eagle two in the 12th par. four.
The 25-year-old South Korean then shot a 68 for an 18 under par 195 and a five-stroke lead over the talented American Yealimi Noh, 19, who circled in 67.
Lydia Ko, the 2015 champion, also shot a 68 for third place, another shot back.
Lee6 was in control most of the day with the only slight setback in the 17th where she fired her second shot and managed to escape with a bogey five.
“I’m happy with my result today but it was a bit high and low,” she said.
“I was late for the US Open final round so it will be very different. “
This major in 2019 is actually his only LPGA victory.
“I’m so waiting for my second victory and if it was another major tournament it would be even more incredible,” she continued.
“I know I’m going to be very nervous tomorrow. “
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Playing alongside Lee6, the two overnight Thai players both slipped back.
Pajaree Anannarukarn hit a 72 and was in fourth place with 11 under while Ariya Jutanugarn appeared to bump her wrist while hitting a blow early in the round and hit a few finicky shots from the start.
In the long ninth she hit a fence and ended up with a double bogey seven. The two-time major champion posted a disappointing 73 for 10 under.
Noh saved his best for last with birdies on the last three holes to give him hope of winning a first major.
“It’s really exciting,” she said. “It’s gonna be a long day and it’s gonna be tough mentally. This is my eighth week in a row, this is my first time doing this. It is really tiring.
“But I hope I can fight mentally, rest and play my game tomorrow. I don’t want to think about chasing after. If I can do it, I will. “
For Ko, who ended a three-year drought in Hawaii in April, returning to Evian is always special and brings back fond memories.
“When I won in 2015 there was a lot of pressure because it was the last chance to break Morgan (Pressel’s) record and become the youngest overall winner in history,” said the 24-year-old former world number one from New Zealand.
“But it made me believe that I could compete at this level and win major tournaments.
“I had no idea how far behind I was today, but I’m just going out tomorrow, I hope the weather is good and try to shoot as low as possible. “
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