Sunday, December 17, 2017
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South Korea's Chun leads Evian major by two after second round

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — In Gee Chun shot 5-under 66 for a two-shot lead Friday at the Evian Champion­ship, keeping the 22-year-old South Korean on course for the second major of her career.

Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open champion, had a bogey on the fourth hole but otherwise played solid, making six birdies to move to 13-under 129 in rainy and overcast conditions at the resort overlooking Lake Geneva.

"I always try not to think about winning," said Chun, who missed the cut last year. "Thinking about winning is more pressure."

South Korean Sung Hyun Park, who shared the overnight lead with Chun after shooting 63, juggled three bogeys and six birdies in her second-round 68, tying her for second with Shanshan Feng at 11-under 131.

So Yeon Ryu, also from South Korea, is three behind Chun after posting 66 in the event co-sponsored by the LPGA.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome had nine birdies and four bogeys in her erratic 66, five shots back. She had a unique way of describing the course: "There's no flat lie anywhere, and then the greens are impossible. Like there's elephants buried under every one of them."

Feng was a shot back overnight, as was American Annie Park, while defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand sat seven behind in her bid for a third major by the age of 19. Feng started to tire on the back nine, making two bogeys, but she perked up with birdies on the final two holes for 67.

Ko fared better this time with 68 but is nine shots off the lead. Playing the back nine first, the South-Korean born New Zealander went out in par 36. But Ko improved on her way back to the clubhouse with a bogey and four birdies.

Teeing off at 7:45 a.m. didn't work well for the American Park. She ended her round with bogey on 16 and double bogey on 17 to finish at 2-over 73.

CHAMPIONS: Paul Broadhurst shot 6-under 66 for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif. With the seniors playing alongside boys and girls from the First Tee programs throughout the country, Broadhurst had 6-under 30 on the front nine in his first professional round at Pebble.

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