Jutanugarn in pole position for maiden win

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

The American, who finished the day at the Evian Resort Golf Club four shots behind Park in joint fifth, told GolfDigest.com: "It sucked because I was playing so well yesterday, and some people weren't playing so well yesterday that are playing well today, and there's nothing I can do about that".

Moriya Jutanugarn's three-under par 68 on Saturday puts the 23-year-old in contention not only to win her first LPGA tournament, but also a major. Kirk won the Thornberry Creek LPGA classic earlier this year, her first win since 2010.

Hull birdied four of the first seven holes to get back to level par for the tournament, but she could not make any further progress and bogeyed 10 and 17 to end the day 11 shots behind the leader.

"I chipped in for birdie at the first hole, so that was a good start", she said. But she went on to finish in a disappointing tie for 16th at St Andrews.

"When Ariya won the British Open at Woburn past year, I finished not long before her and dashed out to watch her play the last few holes", recalled the big sister.

"They were ideal conditions (so) I was happy I was able to capitalise".

Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2011, Jennifer Song has been looking for her career breakthrough. "I can win out here, and just keep believing and keep doing the right things, and you never know what happens". "I just keep trying".

Moriya is now ranked 32nd in the world.

"I didn't play well today, so I have a little gap from the top players", Park said.

At 35, Kirk's first win in seven years in Wisconsin in July has rekindled her appetite for the game. "I had been struggling for a couple of years and was wondering whether I should go on much longer". "But personally, I feel more comfortable to actually chase those top players from the back".

Kirk peeled off a five-under-par 66 to sit alongside Anna Nordqvist, one behind Moriya Jutanugarn and three from leader Sung Hyun Park, the luckiest player in the field.

Kiwi world No.8 Ko is three shots off the lead in a share of fourth place with one round remaining at the Evian Championship in France.

Park had been six over through just five holes in the rain and wind before play was abandoned and all scores wiped.

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