Jutanugarn charges into Evian Championship lead

Jutanugarn charges into Evian Championship lead”

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn watches her drive during the second round of the Evian Championship in France on Saturday.

Moriya has been playing in the shadow of sister Ariya Jutanugarn for the past two years, but Ariya has struggled with a shoulder injury for most of this season.

The decision to re-boot the fifth and final major of this year's Ladies Professional Golf Association European Tour - which carries total prize money of $3.65 million (£2.76 million/€3.07 million) - received criticism from some players and observers, with the United States Jessica Korda, who was leading at two-under when play was scrapped, saying it "sucked".

Uehara enjoyed a sensational day in Evian-les-Bains as she signed for a 66, the Japanese picking up five shots to charge six places up the standings. I try to keep working on my game, keep improve whatever I can.

"At these major events, the keys are the fairways and greens this week", said Moriya, who is still looking for her first LPGA victory.

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays a shot during the second round of the Evian Championship. "I can win out here, and just keep believing and keep doing the right things, and you never know what happens". While she has yet to win on the LPGA Tour, she has eight top-10 finishes this season for earnings of $864,000.

Jutanugarn - whose sister Ariya won the Women's British Open in 2016 - bogeyed the second but bounced back with birdies on the third, sixth and 11th.

"I probably don't feel that bad playing on the golf course rather than watching my sister play", said Moriya Jutanugarn, who recalled feeling "nervous, excited" previous year when finishing her round to watch Ariya win at Woburn, England.

Katherine Kirk's 66 was her best career round at the Evian Championship.

Katherine Kirk is in the hunt for her second win of the season, she sits solo third at seven-under par.

A pack of major champions will be chasing from three-strokes back on Sunday. Park, who blitzed the field on Friday with a 63, failed to give herself many looks at birdie on day two and required 31 putts en route to a two-over par, 73.

"I didn't play well today, so I have a little gap from the top players", Park said.

"I'm trying to put myself in a good position, and when it's my time, probably it will turn out good", said Moriya.

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