Golf: South Korea's Chun In Gee in sight of golfing history at Evian

Chun In Gee of South Korea edged closer to a second major title when she extended her lead to four shots at the Evian Championship in France on Saturday.
Chun In Gee of South Korea edged closer to a second major title when she extended her lead to four shots at the Evian Championship in France on Saturday.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Chun In Gee of South Korea edged closer to a second major title, and a slice of golfing history, when she extended her lead to four shots at the Evian Championship in France on Saturday.

She shot a third-round 65 to finish 19 under par, thanks largely to a strong back nine with three birdies and an eagle.

Her compatriot Park Sung Hyun lies second before Sunday's final day.

China's Feng Shanshan is third at 13 under par while South Korea's Ryu So Yeon is fourth at 12 under par.

Victory on Sunday could also see Chun break the record for the lowest winning score in a Major championship by either a male or female golfer.

The record for the women is 19 under par posted on four occasions, the men's is 20 under par, set by Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship and Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship.

Chun's third-round total of 194 broke the 54-hole scoring record (199 set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2004 LPGA Championship).

"It is a really big honour for me, but I just have to stick with my game plan," said Chun, who is also looking to emulate compatriot Pak Se Ri by winning her first two LPGA titles at major championships.

Chun started the day two shots clear of Park and Feng. Birdies on the second, seventh and eighth gave her a four-shot lead but a mistake on the ninth allowed Park to cut the lead to two shots.

Chun, however, had a strong back nine, including an eagle on the 15th to end the day in a position of strength.

"The pin was on the very top," said Chun. "It was a pretty tough hole. I think I made a really good second shot, and then third shot - because I tried really good to visualise my third shot."