Thursday, March 22, 2018

In Gee Chun in control after third round of Evian Championship

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — In Gee Chun knows she's in sight of her second major, and a record, after extending her lead to four shots after the third round of the Evian Championship on Saturday.

Chun carded 6-under 65 in the rain to go to 19-under 194 overall at Evian Resort.

"My game plan for (today) is not to think about winning," Chun said. "Because it puts too much pressure on me."

Fellow South Korean Sung Hyun Park (67) was at 15 under, and Feng Shanshan (69), China's only major winner, was two shots further back.

Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open champion, had six birdies and eagle in a round blemished only by double bogey on No. 9.

After slicing from the fairway into the woods, the ball buried under foliage on an incline. After discussing what to do with her caddie, Chun decided against a drop shot and declared it unplayable, going back to where she took the shot and incurring a two-stroke penalty.

But it takes more than that to ruffle Chun.

"I just want to enjoy everything," she said.

Her eagle on the 15th was a 35-yard chip from the back of the green that rolled up and across the green with perfect weighting, prompting her to raise her arm triumphantly. Fans wrapped in warm clothing and raincoats cheered.

Chun was smiling again after the next hole, another birdie. The last two were mere pars.

Today could be a record-breaking day for Chun, who remains on course for the lowest 72-hole score in a major.

Henrik Stenson and Jason Day own the major record for men and women at 20 under, while the women's record of 19 under is shared by four players.

CHAMPIONS: Kevin Sutherland birdied four of his last six holes for 4-under 68 and the second-round lead in the Nature Valley First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif. Sutherland had 8-under 135 total for a one-stroke lead over first-round leader Paul Broadhurst (70).