Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Jutanugarn in pole position for maiden win

Jutanugarn in pole position for maiden win

Ko carded a second successive round of three-under 68, shrugging off a bogey on the first hole to rattle in four birdies over the next seven holes.

For the second consecutive day, Queenslander Kirk led out the field overnight, but rather than drenched on the ultimately cancelled day one, this time she left the course with a share of third in the year's final major.

The tournament has been reduced to a three-round event after rain and strong winds caused the first round to be abandoned.

The American, who finished the day at the Evian Resort Golf Club four shots behind Park in joint fifth, told GolfDigest.com: "It sucked because I was playing so well yesterday, and some people weren't playing so well yesterday that are playing well today, and there's nothing I can do about that".

Park shot 63 in the first round of the Evian a year ago, when she finished joint second as Chun In-gee won over the standard 72 holes in a world record of 21 under par.

"My aim is to win my first tournament, but I don't want to put pressure on myself".

Moriya made her move with an outward 30, ending the half with three straight birdies.

This season has been ripe with first-time major winners after Danielle Kang won the KPMG PGA Championship and Sung Hyun Park won at the U.S. Women's Open. But she went on to finish in a disappointing tie for 16th at St Andrews.

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"It was good for me playing in the last group in a major at Kingsbarns".

"I wasn't feeling too good about my game when I started today, but I played great".

"Whether you're leading or one or two behind, I'm just happy to have a chance".

She's won $155,043 this season, 74th on the LPGA money list.

"Yeah, it's just nice to know you can still do it at 35 years old and as one of the older players out here", Kirk said.

In Thursday's foul conditions, Park made a quintuple bogey nine at the 11th [her second hole] and a six at the par three 14th.

"There's no easy holes out there, so I think that kind of helps keep me engaged, keep me focused", said Kirk, whose best Evian finish was a T15 result in 2013.

British Open victor Kim In-kyung is in joint fourth along with world number one Lydia Ko and US Open victor Park Sung-hyun, with the trio three shots adrift of Jutanugarn.

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