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Park holds slim edge at Evian Masters

By GRAHAM DUNBAR
Associated Press

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Angela Park birdied the final three holes for a 4-under 68 Saturday to keep a one-shot lead after the third round of the Evian Masters.

The 19-year-old Park, who has dual Brazilian and American citizenship, had a total of 14-under 202. Taiwan-born Candie Kung, who also has U.S. citizenship, was one shot back after a 67.

“I was playing mediocre throughout the whole round,” Park said. “I didn’t see anyone else go extremely low so I tried to stay positive and it came around.”

Julie Inkster of the United States, the 2003 Evian champion, was third at 11 under after a 69, her third straight sub-70 round. Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson, who trailed Park by one stroke after a course-record 63 Friday, was four shots back in fourth following a 71.

Park is looking for her first LPGA Tour victory, and has never led after 54 holes.

“I have no strategy so far,” she said. “Just hit fairways and greens and be patient out there.”

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa had a 70 to be one of four players tied for seventh place, six shots behind Park.

“I’m a little frustrated,” said the 26-year-old Mexican, who led after a first-round 65. “I was really close to shooting a low round, but I couldn’t make any putts. I can do it. I am going to be positive, hopefully I can start good and go from there.”

Park made two birdies on the front before missing a short par putt at 13, her only bogey of the tournament.

Like Park, Kung also grew up in Southern California and now lives in Allen, Texas.

“This week’s been pretty good for me,” said Kung, whose three LPGA Tour wins all came in 2003. “This will probably be the first time (since 2003) being in the last group. It’s going to be fun.”

The 43-year-old Alfredsson battled through a round of five birdies and four bogies.

“It was an adventure,” she said. “I was fighting and never got it going like (Friday). Sometimes it is such a letdown after you have a round like that. I hit some shots I didn’t recognize. But I kept in there and I’m not totally displeased.”

Annika Sorenstam, who is retiring at the end of the season, is unlikely to earn a third victory at Evian after winning here in 2000 and ‘02. A 73 left the 37-year-old Swede 11 strokes off the lead.

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the Evian Masters,played July 26 at the par-72, 6,347-yard Evian (France) Masters GolfClub:

1. Angela Park 66-68-68–202
-14 2. Candie Kung 66-70-67–203
-13 3. Juli Inkster 67-69-69–205
-11 4. Helen Alfredsson 72-63-71–206
-10 5. Shi Hyun Ahn 69-69-69–207
-9 5. Na Yeon Choi 71-67-69–207
-9 7. Jin Joo Hong 71-69-68–208
-8 7. Paula Creamer 70-69-69–208
-8 7. Lorena Ochoa 65-73-70–208
-8 7. Cristie Kerr 70-66-72–208
-8 11. Eun-Hee Ji 71-71-67–209
-7 11. Hee Young Park 70-69-70–209
-7 11. Meena Lee 67-69-73–209
-7 14. Suzann Pettersen 67-74-69–210
-6 14. Yani Tseng 70-70-70–210
-6 16. Sun Young Yoo 74-68-69–211
-5 16. Amy Yang 68-73-70–211
-5 16. Laura Diaz 67-73-71–211
-5 16. In-Kyung Kim 68-68-75–211
-5 20. Natalie Gulbis 69-71-72–212
-4 21. Ji-Yai Shin 72-73-68–213
-3 21. Teresa Lu 71-71-71–213
-3 21. Morgan Pressel 69-72-72–213
-3 21. Sun-Ju Ahn 66-74-73–213
-3 21. Annika Sorenstam 71-69-73–213
-3 21. Young Kim 68-71-74–213
-3 21. Momoko Ueda 70-69-74–213
-3 28. Lindsey Wright 72-73-69–214
-2 28. Jimin Kang 71-71-72–214
-2 28. Maria Hjorth 73-69-72–214
-2 28. Linda Wessberg 69-71-74–214
-2 32. Mhairi McKay 72-74-69–215
-1 32. Giulia Sergas 71-74-70–215
-1 32. Becky Brewerton 72-72-71–215
-1 32. Rebecca Hudson 72-72-71–215
-1 32. Diana D'Alessio 73-71-71–215
-1 32. Christina Kim 72-70-73–215
-1 32. Inbee Park 69-72-74–215
-1 32. Song-Hee Kim 69-72-74–215
-1 40. Carin Koch 73-74-69–216
E 40. Se Ri Pak 70-76-70–216
E 40. Ai Miyazato 74-72-70–216
E 40. Trish Johnson 70-75-71–216
E 40. Karine Icher 74-70-72–216
E 40. Ji Young Oh 70-71-75–216
E 46. Pat Hurst 74-73-70–217 + 1 46. Mi Hyun Kim 71-73-73–217 + 1 46. Sophie Gustafson 73-70-74–217 + 1 46. Angela Stanford 67-72-78–217 + 1 50. Karrie Webb 72-75-71–218 + 2 50. Sarah Lee 71-73-74–218 + 2 50. Katherine Hull 72-72-74–218 + 2 50. Meaghan Francella 70-72-76–218 + 2 54. Jane Park 74-74-71–219 + 3 54. Jeong Jang 74-73-72–219 + 3 54. Brittany Lang 73-73-73–219 + 3 54. Wendy Doolan 77-68-74–219 + 3 54. Minea Blomqvist 74-69-76–219 + 3 59. Sherri Steinhauer 72-74-74–220 + 4 59. H.J. Choi 73-73-74–220 + 4 59. Julieta Granada 72-73-75–220 + 4 59. Seon Hwa Lee 69-75-76–220 + 4 63. Laura Davies 71-77-73–221 + 5 63. Rachel Hetherington 75-71-75–221 + 5 65. Nicole Castrale 74-74-74–222 + 6 65. Hee-Won Han 72-74-76–222 + 6 67. Sophie Giquel 71-76-77–224 + 8 67. Catrin Nilsmark 70-73-81–224 + 8 69. Emma Zackrisson 72-75-78–225 + 9 69. Martina Eberl 75-72-78–225 + 9 • • •

Missed the cut

71. Brittany Lincicome 77-72–149 + 5 71. Catriona Matthew 75-74–149 + 5 71. Na On Min 77-72–149 + 5 71. Gwladys Nocera 74-75–149 + 5 75. Jee Young Lee 74-76–150 + 6 75. Bo Bae Song 75-75–150 + 6 77. Nikki Garrett 76-75–151 + 7 77. Paula Marti 75-76–151 + 7 77. Joanne Mills 76-75–151 + 7 80. Lisa Hall 80-73–153 + 9 80. Leta Lindley 80-73–153 + 9 80. Ashleigh Simon 77-76–153 + 9 83. Anne-Lise Caudal 78-76–154 + 10 83. Louise Friberg 79-75–154 + 10 83. Reilley Rankin 77-77–154 + 10 86. Silvia Cavalleri 77-78–155 + 11 86. Lotta Wahlin 78-77–155 + 11 88. Tao-Li Yang 80-79–159 + 15 89. Bettina Hauert 80-82–162 + 18

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