Canadian Brooke Henderson takes a 2-stroke lead in the final round at Evian

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Brooke Henderson stood over a three-foot birdie putt on the 18th green, a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Evian Championship seemingly at her thank you.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Brooke Henderson stood over a three-foot birdie putt on the 18th green, a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Evian Championship seemingly at her thank you.

For the first time on Saturday — possibly all week, given her dominance of the fourth women’s major of the year — her stroke let her down.

Henderson missed it on the left, to the gasps of spectators around the green of the Evian Resort Golf Club. The Canadian did not believe it. Probably those hoping to hunt her on Sunday too.

Seeking her second major title after the PGA Women’s Championship in 2016, Henderson had to settle for a 3-under 68 in the third round and a two-stroke lead over the par 17-under two on the record 54 holes for the tournament.

The Smiths Falls, Ont., product is still in a strong position after opening with two straight 64s, but that missed putt at 18 could prove costly.

Henderson’s closest challengers are a former No. 1 and a personal breakthrough player at a major tournament.

So Yeon Ryu, a two-time major winner from South Korea, shot 65 after three birdies on her last four holes and was alone in second place. The highest-ranked player in 2017, when she won the ANA Inspiration for her second major, she hasn’t been this deep in any of the top five tournaments in women’s golf for three years.

Two strokes down on 13 under was Sophia Schubert, ranked No. 283 and without a top 50 in a major. The American birdied her last four holes for a 66 and was alone in new territory in third place in her fifth major tournament appearance.

Olympic champion Nelly Korda started the third round in second place, three shots behind Henderson, but could only shoot 71 – the worst score in the current top 20 on a hot, calm day when only a few tough placements remained very low. card scores.

Korda was 11 under, six shots off the lead and tied at five for sixth with, among others, the top-ranked Jin Young Ko (67).

Above them tied for fourth, five behind Henderson, were Carlota Ciganda (67) and Sei Young Kim (68).

If we rely on the end of the 2021 tournament, there is enough to play on Sunday.

Minjee Lee overcame a seven-stroke deficit to third-round leader Lee Jeong-eun in the final round last year and beat her in the playoffs.

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