Moriya Ju­tanu­garn fires 68 for lead at Evian

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EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France: Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land shot 3-un­der 68 to lead in the Evian Cham­pi­onship sec­ond round on Saturday, and could join her younger sis­ter Ariya in the golf ma­jors record book.

Seek­ing to be the first sis­ters to both win ma­jors, Ju­tanu­garn’s 9-un­der to­tal was four shots clear of three play­ers in the club­house, in­clud­ing Jennifer Song of the US, whose 65 was best among the morn­ing starters.

China’s Shan­shan Feng and Amer­i­can An­gela Stan­ford were also on five un­der af­ter card­ing 68s.

Vic­tory on Sun­day for the 23-year-old Moriya would make the Ju­tanu­garns the first sis­ters to win ma­jors since the LPGA was founded 67 years ago.

The 21-year-old Ariya Ju­tanu­garn, who was topranked this sea­son, won the 2016 Women’s Bri­tish Open.

“I prob­a­bly don’t feel that bad play­ing on the golf course rather than watch­ing my sis­ter play,” said Moriya Ju­tanu­garn, who re­called feel­ing “ner­vous, ex­cited” last year when fin­ish­ing her round to watch Ariya win at Woburn, Eng­land.

The fifth women’s ma­jor of the sea­son is a 54-hole event af­ter weather-af­fected play Thurs­day was wiped from the record.

Ju­tanu­garn had chances to match her 65 from Friday’s first round though let birdie chances slip af­ter con­sis­tently ac­cu­rate ap­proach shots.

“I played pretty solid to­day,” the 32nd-ranked Ju­tanu­garn said, “couldn’t make a lit­tle more putts.”

On the course in the af­ter­noon, first-round leader Sung Hyun Park, the US Women’s Open cham­pion, dropped shots at the first and third holes, then birdied the par-5 sev­enth to trail Ju­tanu­garn by two.

Park was play­ing in a stel­lar group of the world’s three best play­ers with No. 1 So Yeon Ryu, her fel­low South Korean, and No. 2 Lexi Thomp­son of the US

For­mer No. 1 Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian win­ner, and Ayako Ue­hara of Ja­pan each picked up three shots to be six un­der.

Moriya Ju­tanu­garn, of Thai­land, fol­lows her ball af­ter a teeshot on the 18th hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Evian Cham­pi­onship women’s golf tour­na­ment in Evian, east­ern France, Saturday. (AP)

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