Jutanugarn charges into Evian Championship lead

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn watches her drive during the second round of the Evian Championship in France on Saturday

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn watches her drive during the second round of the Evian Championship in France on Saturday

I'm in a good position and I am sure that it will happen some time.

Announcing the decision to shorten the event yesterday, Ladies Professional Golf Association commissioner Mike Whan commented: "Some players will not like it, but I'll take the brunt of that".

Jutanugarn, who was the LPGA Tour rookie of the year in 2013, has really come of age in 2017 with eight top tens and of she was to go on and win tomorrow then she will have well and truly emerged from the shadow of her brilliant sister.

But there was no such problem for Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.

A star of the European team at last month's Solheim Cup in the United States, the North Berwick golfer has never been able to find her best form over the picturesque Evian Resort course.

And chase she will have to do Sunday during the final round.

Kirk recovered from a slow start to her round when she bogeyed the 6th and 8th holes of her round but she produced four birdies from there for a round of 69 and is well placed to match or perhaps even better her previous best major championship finish when runner-up at the 2010 Women's British Open. She cruised with the same calm demeanor she has shown throughout her young career that included her win in July at the U.S. Women's Open.

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.

"I didn't play well today, so I have a little gap from the top players", Park said. "Just trying to give myself a chance for birdie. It looked like plenty of good chances out there today". It would also be the third time this season, joining Danielle Kang (Women's PGA Championship) and Park.

The 2015 tournament champion said she felt relaxed during her round.

Uehara enjoyed a sensational day in Evian-les-Bains as she signed for a 66, the Japanese picking up five shots to charge six places up the standings.

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

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