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Ko in hunt for major crown in France

17 September 2017, 09:42 | Kelvin Horton

Park fires 63 to lead Evian Championship

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McDonald shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday at the Evian Championship in France and is tied for 15th, six strokes behind leader Moriya Jutanugarn.

"Right now I'm so excited", Uehara said. "But it's been 2 1/2 months now, and I still - I'm getting a lot better, so that's all I'm trying to focus on now, and hopefully in a few more weeks, I'll be fully recovered".

And chase she will have to do Sunday during the final round.

Should she hold onto her position and win the tournament on Sunday, Jutanugarn would join her sister Ariya as a major victor - a feat that would see them become the first sisters to achieve that accomplishment.

Shanshan Feng already has two top-7 finishes in major championships this season and has positioned herself for another prime result this week at The Evian Championship. Former No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian victor, carded a second 68.

"I chipped in for birdie at the first hole, so that was a good start", she said.

"But I reckon if I keep knocking on the door, one day it will be my turn", she said.

Should Jutanugarn take the trophy, she would become the 34th player in LPGA history to earn her first victory at a major.

The only sisters to have won on the LPGA Tour are Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam. Perhaps Sunday at Evian will finally be the day. The US Women's Open champion regrouped and had seven birdies and an eagle to lead the tournament by two shots.

Park took advantage of the ultimate Evian mulligan when LPGA officials chose to wipe away first-round scores after a weather suspension of nearly 4 1/2 hours at the course overlooking Lake Geneva.

Two pairs of brothers have won major titles, though not for more than 50 years. Well, it's just like I try to keep working on my game, keep improve whatever I can.

The last two years have been a self-admitted struggle for Katherine Kirk.

But she fought back with a birdie at the 9th and another at the par-5 13th to square the ledger. To say she was frustrated was an understatement - she even questioned how much longer she wanted to play.

She claimed her third victory on tour, and first in seven years, at the Thornberry Classic at Wisconsin in July, when she admitted she nearly gave the game in 2015 and 2016 following seasons of struggle. It was a key moment of career and personal renewal for Kirk, one of the most outgoing players on Tour.

"That was a huge confidence boost, especially after struggling for a couple years and questioning whether I'd be playing much longer", said Kirk. I'm in a good position and I am sure it will happen sometime.

The 23-year-old South Korean leads Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France.

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