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Kim leads by 1 in Evian tilt

Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)
Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

EVIAN, France (AFP) – Former champion Kim Hyo-joo will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Evian Championship on Sunday after a rain-hit third round at the Alpine venue left two groups with 12 majors between them chasing the title.

Kim, the 2014 champion, carded a third-round 65 to jump to the top of the leaderboard at 15 under par.

‘‘I definitely have good memories of this tournament because of my win,’’ she told lpga.com after birdies on four of her closing six holes.

Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)
Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

‘‘In 2014, I was able to go out on the LPGA Tour because I got my card, so I definitely have good memories. I’m going to keep that going into tomorrow and forget everything else.’’

Two-time major champion and world number one Park Sung-hyun birdied the last hole for a third-round 66 to stand one shot behind her South Korean compatriot.

In Sunday’s final group, they will be joined by fellow Korean and this year’s ANA Inspiration champion Ko Jin-young, who is tied for third at 11 under with seven-time major winner Inbee Park.

Both are four shots off the pace.

Inbee Park will play in the penultimate group, alongside 2012 Women’s PGA Championship winner Feng Shanshan and Lee Mi-hyang Lee who are tied for fifth, a shot further back.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot the round of the day with a 7-under par 64 and is in a tie for eighth at eight under.

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Written by Tempo Online

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