Minjee Lee’s reign because the Evian Championship holder is all however over, with a disappointing 3rd spherical extinguishing any lingering hope for her on the French main.
However whilst Australia’s two-time main winner were given caught on Saturday’s “shifting day” at Evian-les-Bains, suffering across the direction with a 2-over par 73 that most effective dragged her additional again into the pack, Canada’s Brooke Henderson remained on pole to be successful Lee as champion.
Looking for her 2d main after her Girls’s PGA Championship in 2016, Henderson recorded a 3-under 68 to present her a two-shot lead on 17-under par — simply two off the 54-hole list for the match.
“It wasn’t as just right as the primary two days, however, yeah, [I] in reality hung in there [and I] made some grab par saves at the again 9, which felt great,” Henderson stated.
“[There were] now not as many birdies at the card. I felt just like the direction is enjoying a bit bit more difficult for me nowadays. With a bit of luck [I will] cross out the following day and proceed to ball strike lovely smartly and confidently make some putts.”
It left her a whopping 16 pictures transparent of Lee, who’s 1-under for the match, tied for 58th total.
Final yr, the Perth participant went into the general Sunday seven pictures adrift, however nonetheless went directly to win in a play-off after a blistering fightback, however now not even a repeat of that may get her into the name image this time.
In spite of her contemporary fantastic shape, the 26-year-old’s hopes have been right away scuppered on Saturday when she suffered a triple bogey seven on the first gap.
4 birdies adopted, however Lee additionally made 3 extra bogeys as her hopes of including to her Evian and Girls’s US Open main titles have been ended.
Henderson, who had unfolded with a record-breaking pair of 64s on Thursday and Friday, would had been 3 pictures transparent if now not for a ignored 3 footer on the remaining gap.
She continues to be two forward of So Yeon Ryu, a two-time main winner from South Korea whose 65 incorporated 3 birdies on her remaining 4 holes, and 4 transparent of the marvel packet Sophia Schubert, the sector quantity 283 from america who hasn’t ever had a top-50 end in a significant.
Olympic champion Nelly Korda, 2d at the back of Henderson in a single day, shot most effective an even-par 71 and is now six pictures off the lead in a five-way tie for 6th along international No.1 Jin Younger Ko (67).
LPGA Excursion stalwart Sarah Kemp, whose four-under 68 on Friday left her absolute best positioned some of the Australian contingent in joint-Sixteenth position, slipped down the leaderboard, tied for forty fourth at 3-under after a disappointing 74.
Perth’s Hannah Inexperienced, the 2019 Girls’s PGA champ, is now height of the Aussie pile after taking pictures a 2-under 69 to transport to 4- below in joint-Thirty seventh place. Sydney’s Steph Kyriacou (70) used to be tied for 51st at 2-under.
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