Evian Championship: Celine Boutier closes in on first main win on residence soil in France | Golf Information

Celine Boutier strikes right into a three-shot lead after third spherical on the Evian Championship in France; ‘It has been wonderful to see the help from the followers. However I am simply taking it one shot at a time,’ Boutier mentioned; Watch the ultimate main of the yr dwell on Sky Sports activities

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Highlights from the third round of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France.

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Highlights from the third spherical of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France.

Highlights from the third spherical of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France.

France’s Celine Boutier is eighteen holes away from successful her first main on the Amundi Evian Championship on residence soil.

Boutier shot a four-under-par 67 on Saturday to construct a three-stroke lead going into the ultimate spherical in Evian-les-Bains, France.

Boutier has received 3 times on the LPGA Tour however is searching for her first main.

Celine Boutier, looking for her first major win, is playing in her home country (Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Celine Boutier, searching for her first main win, is taking part in in her residence nation (Photograph: Wealthy Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Boutier sank 4 birdies on the entrance 9 to begin her third spherical with a four-under 31 going out. She made one bogey and one birdie the remainder of the way in which.

“I am feeling very happy with my spherical,” mentioned Boutier. “It was positively a grind. I used to be capable of begin off fairly good. I missed a number of pictures at first of the again 9, however was capable of scramble, and so it was fairly constructive and a strong spherical for me at this time.

“I did not begin that good to be trustworthy. I missed the primary three greens however received a very good break on two and was capable of chip in. Then I simply had actually good probabilities on the 2 par-fives, seven and 9, and was capable of make the most of that.

“I used to be simply attempting to give attention to hitting a very good shot, and if I occur to have a birdie alternative, I hit a strong putt. It was positively constructive and felt fairly good to begin excellent on the entrance.”

Boutier, who’s No 15 on the planet, is the top-ranked French participant and has been feeling the house help this week however has additionally been attempting to not put any strain on herself.

She added: “It has been wonderful. It has been actually wonderful to have the ability to see and listen to the help from the followers. I really feel prefer it’s been very gratifying for me. I’m simply attempting to take it one shot at a time.

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“The truth that my household is right here and we’re staying in a home 15, 20 minutes away helps me take my thoughts off golf and the event. That is been useful for me to loosen up and never take into consideration golf.”

The chasing pack, crammed with main champions, nonetheless couldn’t shut the hole along with her on Saturday.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka shot a 68 to maneuver into sole possession of second place at eight below. Hataoka misplaced a playoff to Yuka Saso of Japan on the 2021 US Ladies’s Open and is vying for her first main title as effectively.

“Hopefully I’ll get extra birdies tomorrow. It was good iron pictures and distance management,” Hataoka mentioned.

“Additionally I used to be good too with my placing stroke, so I used to be actually comfy. Tomorrow is one other new day, and I need to benefit from the subsequent 18 holes.”

Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada moved into rivalry at seven below with a rollercoaster 67.

Henderson rolled in six birdies for a front-nine 29 that received her to 9 below on the leaderboard, however a double bogey on the par-four twelfth introduced her again to the pack.

Henderson is tied with Australia’s Minjee Lee.

The spherical of the day was Nelly Korda’s bogey-free, seven-under 64. The world No 2 climbed to 6 below for the championship, tied for fifth place with Saso.

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