Jeongeun Lee6 moved a big step closer to claiming a second major title after extending her lead to five shots at the Amundi Evian Championship.
Lee6, who equalled the lowest round in major history with a bogey-free 61 on Friday, mixed an eagle and four birdies with three bogeys on her way to a third-round 68 at Evian Resort Golf Club.
The Korean heads into the final day on 18 under and with a commanding advantage over Yealimi Noh, who birdied her final three holes to card a four-under 67, with former world No 1 Lydia Ko six off the pace in third spot after a blemish-free 68.
“I’m satisfied with my result today because I did miss some shots a little bit, but I did up and down well,” Lee6 said. [At the 2019 US Women’s Open] I didn’t lead [going into] the final round, but this tournament I’m leading so it’s a little bit different. I’m going to be a little bit nervous.”
Lee6 got up and down from thick rough to save par at the first but dropped a shot at the third, only to roll in a 20-foot birdie at the fifth and pick up a shot at the par-five ninth to reach the turn under par.
The overnight leader bounced back from a bogey at the 10th to make a hole-out eagle with a wedge at the par-four next, with Lee6 adding a two-putt birdie at the 15th and cancelling out a bogey at the 17th by taking advantage of the par-five last.
Minjee Lee birdied all of her last four holes to post a joint-low round of the day 65 and jump into tied-fourth alongside Ayaka Furue and Pajaree Anannarukarn, with Ariya Jutanugarn falling eight off the pace after a two-over 73.
England’s Charley Hull jumped inside the top-10 after a third-round 66, putting her alongside In Gee Chun and Hyo Joo Kim on eight under, while Georgia Hall is now in a share of 21st thanks to a six-under 65.
“I feel like I’m in a good place at the minute,” Hull said. “I kind of just kept focused. I knew there was plenty of birdie chances out there. Made quite a few birdies this week each round, so just need to eliminate the bogeys and the double bogeys.
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