Moriya Jutanugarn fires 68 to lead 2nd round at Evian major


In this Associated Press photo, Park Sung-hyun of South Korea watches her shot at the third hole during the final round of the Evian Championship on the LPGA Tour in Evian-les-Bains, France, on September 17, 2017.

On the course in the afternoon, first-round leader Sung Hyun Park, the U.S. Women's Open champion, dropped shots at the first and third holes, then birdied the par-5 seventh to trail Jutanugarn by two.

At that point, if you'd told Kirk she'd birdie the last, she'd have been mentally practising her victory speech.

A bogey on the final hole has cost Lydia Ko a chance at a third major title.

For the 30-year-old, this is her second LPGA win this season and the eighth of her career.

After a birdie at the 14th and a chip in for eagle at the 15, she found herself tied at the top at nine-under par with Nordqvist, Altomare and Jutanugarn.

Nordqvist came from five back to win. It was there that Nordqvist continued her charge, having already picked up three birdies and an eagle to offset the two bogeys with which she had to start the day.

For the past two and a half months, Nordqvist has been suffering from glandular fever, but she leant on the words of her late grandfather, who said to "never give up".

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Anna Nordqvist emerged as victor from a playoff against Brittany Altomare to win the 2017 Evian Championship on Sunday.

After a second-round 68 at the weather-shortened Evian, she is in pole position to become her country's second major victor.

"I was obviously hoping that it was going to be short, but it definitely has been a little bit of a process, longer than expected", Nordqvist said of her recovery.

Jutanugarn, whose younger sister Ariya is already major champion, is one shot clear of Japan's Ayako Uehara, who soared with a 66.

"The play-off hole was so hard and the weather was about the worst I have ever played in".

"When I see all my friends behind the 18th green it nearly makes me cry, so I tried not to watch them", said the 32-year-old Miyazato. A second-round 74 left her 9 over and far below the cut line.

"I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do", Nordqvist said, reported.

Ko would bogey the last to miss out on an opportunity for her second Evian title but given her runner-up finish in Indianapolis last week and now this close call she is now heading in the right direction after being out of sorts for much of this year.