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Evian Championship

Henderson clings on to Amundi Evian Championship lead as major race heats up

By Matt Smith
Brooke Henderson goes into the final round of the Amundi Evian Championship in france with a two-stroke lead over over big-mover So Yeon Ryu from South Korea.

A few missed birdie chances from close range cost Henderson the chance to take a big lead into the final round at Evian Resort Golf Club.

However, at 17-under, the 24-year-old from Ontario is still well placed to capture her second major.

After signing for a three-under 68, she said: “It was wasn’t as good as the first two days, but I really hung in there. I made some clutch par saves on the back nine, which felt nice.

“There were not as many birdies on the card. I felt like the course was playing a little bit tougher for me today. Hopefully I’ll go out tomorrow and continue to ball strike pretty well and hopefully make some putts.”

On her game plan for the final round, she added: “I think it’s important where you’re placing the ball off the tee and into the greens. Hopefully I can get a good strategy together tonight and hopefully I’ll be able to hit the shots where I need to.

“It can be a very tricky course if you start miss-hitting shots. If you can keep it in the right areas, then you can make some birdies.”

Ryu, targeting a third major title following on from her victories in the 2011 US Women’s Open and 2017 ANA Inspiration, carded eight birdies against two bogeys in her third round of six-under-par 65.

The 32-year-old wornd No. 51 will be able to keep a close eye on the leader in the final pairing and could be a major threat, but there are plenty of skilled players lining up in the groups behind.

Sophia Schubert from the United States is two strokes back in third place and will play alongside Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, who leads the European challenge in a tie for fourth with Korean Sei Young Kim on 12-under-par.

After her third consecutive round of 67, Ciganda said: “I think four-under, no bogeys, that’s always a great round. I would have liked to have made a couple more birdies at the end with the two par-fives, but I made some good saves. I didn’t take advantage today of the par-fives.”

“I don’t think it’s easy to make putts here. I was just trying to be patient out there. I’m playing good, so I think I’m hitting good enough shots that I’ll give myself some opportunities out there.”

The 2021 Race to Costa del Sol winner, Atthaya Thitikul, is tied for sixth on 11-under alongside Nelly Korda, Hyo Joo Kim, Jin Young Ko and Charley Hull.

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