Jul 27th, 2019
South Koreans dominate Evian Championship
Hyo Joo Kim leads going into final day
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South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim holds a one-shot lead over compatriot Sung Hyun Park heading into day four of the Evian Championship. Indeed, Kim has no shortage of company from home as five of the top six players are from South Korea with the only interloper being Shanshan Feng of China.
Kim took the lead with a six-under par 65 and the 2014 Evian Champion starts day four at 15 under par and is well placed given that she holds the course record, a 61 scored in 2014. Should she take the win she will be the first player to win multiple Evian titles since the championship was elevated to major status in 2013.
Sung Hyun Park sits just one back and completed her third round 66 with a birdie on the final hole just moments before the torrential rains hit. Park is well placed and looking to add this title to her US Women’s Open and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (the last one really rolls of the tongue doesn’t it) in pursuit of the Career Grand Slam and join the elite group of seven players to manage it.
Interestingly, when asked how she will prep for the final round in what will surely continue to be a battle between her and Kim, she said with a smile “I don’t really do anything. I just lie on my bed and read comics.”
Of the remaining protagonists Inbee Park and Jin Young Ko are 11 under par, with Mi Hyang Lee at 10 under. Seven-time major winner Inbee is also seeking the elusive Grand Slam and only needs this championship to complete her set. However, Inbee, who played with the leader Kim for the last couple of days said "I don't think she's going to falter that much. I think it's going to be a low one [to catch Kim]. Has to be."
The leading European is Caroline Hedwall of Sweden who sits seventh on nine under after building on her second round 64 with a three under par 68 in the third round. Megan Khang leads the US contingent tied in eighth, eight under par after scoring a respectable 67 complete with six birdies during the round.
The Brits are headed up by Bronte Law in 16th who is six under after a solid 66. Charley Hull is tied at 27 at three under alongside fellow Englishwoman Melissa Reid. Georgia Hall is struggling, tied at 54 on 3 over and will be hoping for a good finale round ahead of her Women’s British Open defence which starts later this week Woburn.
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