Kirk in contention at major championship in France

Sung Hyun Park took a two-shot first round lead in controversial circumstances at the Evian Championship

Sung Hyun Park took a two-shot first round lead in controversial circumstances at the Evian Championship

British Open victor Kim In-kyung is in joint fourth along with world number one Lydia Ko and US Open victor Park Sung-hyun, with the trio three shots adrift of Jutanugarn.

Ko's chances of ending her barren run this season took a hit when she bogeyed the first, but the former world No 1 replied with three straight birdies from the third and added another at the eighth.

Song shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 on Saturday and sits four strokes behind leader Moriya Jutanugarn heading into tomorrow's final round of The Evian Championship.

"I chipped in for birdie at the first hole, so that was a good start", she said.

Kirk's previous best finish in a major championship was in 2010 when she finished runner-up to Yani Tseng at the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

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The tournament has been reduced to a three-round event after rain and strong winds caused the first round to be abandoned. "I missed some tee shots that went into the rough, but I made great up-and-downs, and I was so surprised that I had a bogey-free round because usually I make a lot of bogeys, which gets me upset, but I'm really happy about today".

But there was no such problem for Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.

The victor of the tournament in 2015 - when she became the youngest women's major champion - Ko has been a model of consistency through the first two rounds.

A revitalised Lydia Ko has a shot at putting her 2017 woes behind her and winning the final women's golf major of the year.

After a second-round 68 at the weather-shortened Evian, she is in pole position to become her country's second major victor. Park played in a stellar group with top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (75), her fellow South Korean, and No2 Lexi Thompson (70), of the US. I'm in a good position and I am sure that it will happen some time.

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Moriya was the 2013 Rookie of the Year, but has never won on the LPGA Tour.

"I forgot about yesterday's record, and I just focused on my play today", she said.

"Yeah, it's just nice to know you can still do it at 35 years old and as one of the older players out here", Kirk said.

Park had been six over through as many holes when wild weather at Evians Les Bains, France, forced players from the course a day earlier.

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