Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Evian Championships - Amy Olson shoots third-round 65 to take lead

Amy Olsen Amy Olsen The Canadian Press
Kristopher Love | 19 September, 2018, 10:24

Canada's Brooke Henderson finished in a tie for 10th at 8 under.

It was a roller-coaster ride for Stanford, who went eagle, double-bogey, birdie from the 15th, then saw her birdie chance brush the hole at the 18th. Megan Khang (US) also notched a four-under 67 final round.

Stanford's rocky finish at the Evian Championship mirrored the way she has felt throughout her 18 years on the LPGA.

"You always think you're good enough to win a major, but after 18 years on Tour doubts definitely begin to creep in", said Stanford, who came close to winning the 2003 US Women's Open but lost by one stroke to Hilary Lunke in a three-way 18-hole play-off.

Austin Ernst (70) is also two shots back, completing her round minutes before Hurricane Florence made landfall close to her home state SC.

"I really enjoyed (the nerves), that means I care, right?"

Broadhurst won for the second time this year in MI, following his Senior PGA victory at Benton Harbor in May with his fifth senior title.

Kirk has wiped away some of the damage from her error-laden second round, but she's still eight shots off the pace going into the final round on Sunday.

"I have no idea what just happened", said Stanford through heavy tears after her win at Evian-les-Bains, France.

South Korea's Sei Young Kim, who posted a 7-under 64, is alone in second place at 12-under for the tournament. Martin barely missed with a birdie chance on the 18th to face Stanford in a playoff.

Among the players in a four-way tie for second was the overnight leader Amy Olson who led by three with five to play and teed off the 18th with a one-shot lead, only to double-bogey it and hand victory to Stanford. Stanford waited greenside out of sight of the putting surface after signing autographs for young spectators.

More than six years after getting the last of her five LPGA Tour titles, the 76th-ranked Stanford put her hands to her mouth in surprise as she was revealed as the victor before beginning an emotional round of television interviews.

Having already won the other four majors some have questioned if she needs to win the Evian again to claim a career Grand Slam but Park herself is indifferent.

"I was aggressive with my putt - a little too aggressive obviously", said Olson, whose previous best finish in an LPGA event was tied for seventh in 2014. "I committed to every shot and did everything I could".

It was a heartbreaking moment for Olson who remains winless after 103 starts, with Stanford collecting the winner's cheque of... Her third shot from the deep rough reached the green but left plenty of distance from the hole.