Teenager Lydia Ko in contention at LPGA’s Evian Championship
South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee kept the lead in stormy conditions Saturday at the Evian Championship in France, and New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko remained in contention to become the youngest player to win a major.
Lee shot one-under-par 70 to reach 10-under 203. American Lexi Thompson was a stroke back after a 66.
Lee was paired with Morgan Pressel (71), and they went toe to toe until the par-four 18th hole, where the American made a double bogey after hitting her second shot in water.
They played their final six holes in rain, wind and gloom.
Pressel had a 71 to drop into a tie for third with Ko at eight under. The 18-year-old Ko shot a 67 and is pursuing her last chance to become the youngest major woman. If she wins, Ko will surpass Pressel, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18 years, 10 months and 9 days in 2007.
U.S. trails in Walker Cup
Jimmy Mullen and Gavin Moynihan each earned two points to help Britain and Ireland take a 7-5 lead over the United States in the Walker Cup matches Royal Lytham and St Annes in England.
Mullen teamed with Ashley Chesters to beat Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart 3 and 2 in morning foursomes, then topped Denny McCarthy, 2 up, in the afternoon singles. Moynihan and Jack Hume beat Lee McCoy and Mike McCoy, 3 and 2, and Moynihan defeated Jordan Niegrugge, 4 and 2.
Beau Hossler was undefeated for the United States, teaming with Denny McCarthy to beat Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley, 3 and 1, and topping Hume 1 up.
On Sunday, the amateur event will close with morning foursomes matches and 10 afternoon singles matches. The U.S. leads the series 35-8-1, going 7-6 in the last 13.
Slattery, Cabrera-Bello share lead at KLM Open
England’s Lee Slattery and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello each shot seven-under 63 to share the third-round lead in the KLM Open at Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Cabrera-Bello had an eagle, six birdies and bogey on the front nine, then parred the final nine hole at Kennemer. Slattery, the Russian Open winner last week, also had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey to reach 16-under 194. Scotland’s Paul Lawrie was a stroke back, also after a 63.
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