Webb just one from lead at Evian


Hyo-Joo Kim of South Korea goes into the final round of the Evian Championship with a one-shot lead over veteran Karrie Webb.


Contenders struggled for form on Saturday in an error-strewn third round, with Kim hitting four bogeys on the front nine before recovering for a one-over 72 to be eight under overall. Her remarkable 61 on Thursday was the lowest score in major history.

Webb was somewhat more consistent, with four birdies and three bogeys in a one-under 70, leaving the 39-year-old Australian with a great chance of an eighth career major.

“Really just hung in there. The conditions were challenging today with the breeze,” Webb said.

“I did a really good job and finished the last four in 2 under. That really made my round.”

Webb was in second place after the first round, four shots behind Kim, but entered Saturday’s round in a tie for fourth.

Overnight leader Brittany Lincicome of the US dropped four shots off the lead after a six-over 77, which featured two double bogeys and a triple bogey within the first seven holes.

“Hopefully tomorrow I can shoot a couple under par and see if I can get it back around,” said Lincicome, the 2009 Kraft Nabisco champion.

Mi-Jung Hur of South Korea is in second place, two behind Kim at six under overall.

Kim was aged 11 when Webb won her last major: The Kraft Nabisco in 2006, the year she won Evian before it was a major.

“Just happy to be in this position. It’s been a while,” Webb said. “Haven’t gotten too down on myself when things haven’t been going well, which has helped me.”

Kim is in the first year of a physical education course at Seoul University. Ranked 20th in the world, she leads the Korean LPGA money list with three wins.

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, the 2009 LPGA Championship winner, is three behind Kim in a tie for fourth with Mariajo Uribe of Colombia.

Suzann Pettersen, the defending champion, started the day level with Webb, and four behind Lincicome.

But the Norwegian’s chances of a third major took a dive. She was exasperated after a double bogey on the 17th and finished with 74 to drift five shots behind Kim in a tie for 10th, alongside top-ranked Stacy Lewis of the US and five-time major winner Inbee Park of South Korea.

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