FranceLee6 Jeongeun has a five-stroke lead with -18 points from 54 holes, but the recent three-time major Evian Championship history shows that advantage is not necessarily safe.
On July 23, Lee6 monopolized the top of the table with a three-stroke difference thanks to the second round at 61 strokes – a record for both men’s and women’s major rounds. Yesterday, she hit harder – still scoring even par through 10 holes because two birdies made up for two bogeys.
But at the 11th par4 hole, she was lucky enough to break the deadlock thanks to the eagle 88 yards (1 yard equivalent to 0.9 meters).
After the ecstasy phase, the Korean player added a bogey but two birdies in the last three holes, including the birdie on hole 18 as on the day he hit the ceiling of the 18 major hole.
At this time, Lee6 is at -18 after three rounds of par71. Following the golfer born in 1996 are six players within eight strokes, of which Yealimi Noh is closest, five strokes away. After Noh is Lydia Ko – former world number one from New Zealand. The penultimate leg, the New Zealand golfer scored three birdies and no bogey
With the current situation, Lee6 is full of hope to win the second major in his career, after the US Women’s Open 2019 and break the record of winning major points in both sexes. Korean compatriot Chun In Gee won the Evian Championship at -21 points in 2016.
This time, Lee6 is overwhelmingly leading. However, the history of the last three tournaments shows that the 25-year-old golfer will have to be careful in the final round to keep the lead.
The Evian Championship has only taken place on the ground in the resort of the same name near the French-Swiss border since its inception in 1994. It has been promoted to major since 2013. Counting the last three times, except last year, it was canceled due to Covid-19, golfers holding the top of the table after 54 holes were surpassed by their opponents in the last round.
In the period 2017-2019, the tournament recorded the champion from the upstream position, at least four strokes from the top of the table when entering the finish line. Two years ago at this gap, Ko Jin Young surpassed Kim Hyo Joo at hole 14, par3, when the opponent was from the same triple bogey country. Ko, with 67 last laps, finished at the top of the table, two strokes from Kim. Ko is also in this year’s Evian Championship, but is 22 strokes away from Lee6.
In 2018, Angela Stanford was five strokes behind Amy Olson, but ultimately beat her American compatriot by one stroke. At that time, Stanford finished first at -12 and Olson was not done, trying to win by par 18 or bogey for both to play extra holes. But in the end, Olson failed because of double bogey.
In 2017, Anna Nordqvist and Brittany Altomare followed Moriya Jutanugarn. The same five strokes after 54 holes, both hit 66 strokes in the last match, thereby pushing the Thai star out of the game. The duel playoff ended after a hole with Nordqvist winning.
And in the last three Evian Championships, the golfer holding the top of the 54-hole table hit an average of 73 strokes on the closing day.
That history is the basis for the golfers who are chasing behind Lee6 to hope when entering the final round of this year’s Evian Championship. “Golf is very unpredictable. The outcome is clear when taking off the gloves and finishing the last put. Many colleagues are in good form, so the next game I have to stick to the planned strategy, thereby avoiding distraction because they play well.” Ko Jin Young said after the third round yesterday.
Ko won the tournament in 2015. That year, she was two strokes behind Lee Mi Hyang after 54 holes, but later won the title with a total difference of six strokes thanks to 63 strokes. Ko won two majors in 16 LPGA Tour championships, accumulating 104 weeks at the top of the Rolex Rankings after eight years professionally.
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