Kirk gets chance to reel in first ma­jor

NT News - - BASEBALL -

AUS­TRALIAN golfer Kather­ine Kirk teed off in the fi­nal group at the rain-short­ened Evian Cham­pi­onship in France overnight with a great chance to claim her first ma­jor cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Kirk was to start the fi­nal round just two shots off the lead af­ter shoot­ing a twounder-par 69 sec­ond round on Satur­day to get to seven un­der.

Nei­ther of the two play­ers ahead of her has yet won on the LPGA Tour. Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land leads at nine-un­der af­ter card­ing a three-un­der- par 68.

Ju­tanu­garn, whose younger sis­ter Ariya is al­ready ma­jor cham­pion, is one shot clear of Ja­pan’s Ayako Ue­hara, who soared with a 66.

There are no short­age of qual­ity chal­lengers. Lurk­ing in fourth place, one shot be­hind Kirk, are re­cent ma­jor cham­pi­ons In-Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park, along with former world No. 1 Ly­dia Ko.

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