What happened on Saturday at the Evian Championship?

Pernilla Lindberg and Georgia Hall got their first LPGA wins as majors this year.

Amy Olson has the chance to keep the run going as she takes a two-shot lead into the final day at the Evian Championship.

Olson, a 20-time college winner at North Dakota State University, turned professional in 2013 but has remained winless.

Now she has the chance to win the final major of the year. On the evidence of her performance on Saturday afternoon, she isn’t letting the inevitable nerves get to her.

The 26-year-old was quite simply brilliant. She held a share of the lead at the beginning of the day, opened with a birdie to take the outright lead, and continued to push.

An eagle at the par-5 ninth and three more birdies on the back-nine has the American two ahead of Korea’s Sei Young Kim – who also is looking for her first major win.

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Kim, however, is far more experienced and will likely pose a huge threat.

The 25-year-old is a seven-time LPGA winner. Just two months ago, she broke the all-time scoring record on tour with a 31-under-par total at the Thornberry Creek Classic.

“I like [it] here,” Kim said. “Result (have been) really good past couple years. The golf course suits my eye and the greens are really soft and I could attack the pin the way I want.”

Mo Martin, the former British Open champion, is four back at 10-under in third, while Georgia Hall cannot be counted out at nine-under.

Hall briefly held the lead on Saturday, but two bogeys on the back-nine has last month’s British Open champion five shots adrift of Olson heading into the final round.

The seven-time major winner Inbee Park is also lurking at nine-under.

Elsewhere, Nasa Hataoka is at seven-under and Jessica Korda is at six-under. Charley Hull sits just outside of the top-20 on four-under.

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Alex Perry


Alex is a Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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