Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen continued her solid play on Friday morning at the Evian Championship, shooting a superb four under par 67 to lie just two shots off the pace set by South Korean Mi Hyang Lee.
Broch Larsen, who claimed her first Ladies European Tour title at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden on Sunday, posted five birdies and one bogey on the Evian Resort Golf Course to sit in third position, a stroke behind the United States star Morgan Pressel.
The long hitter from Hillerød, 22, said: “I played very well on the front nine, quite solid, hit a lot of greens and hit it close. I didn’t drop so many putts but I was two under through nine with a good save on 18. Then I struggled a little bit with my driver on the back nine but I kept it together, kept fighting. I had an eagle chance on 13, five metres putt, but it just lipped out. I finished with a birdie so it was nice. It’s good to be strong with your driver on this course. The putting is quite tough on these greens so you have to stay patient and let the putts drop and if not, take your two putt.”
Pressel carded a six under 65 on day two, with eight birdies and two dropped shots. She said: “The first two days have definitely gone well. I’ve made quite a few birdies, hit a lot of good shots. I mean, the thing about this golf course is if you’re on, you can certainly get it close to the pins and make birdies, and if you’re off, it can be disaster on some of these holes, even if you’re off by just a little bit.”
Lee, who shared the first round lead with US teen Lexi Thompson, followed up with a 67 on day two to stay at the top of the leader board. The 22-year-old from Incheon fired five birdies and dropped one shot on the par-4 18th hole.
“I want to win at the major tournaments, so I think I need more concentration maybe,” said Lee, who won last year’s New Zealand Open and Mizuno Classic in Japan.
Shanshan Feng of China sits in fourth position on six under, with Pornanong Phatlum from Thailand on four under alongside first round co-leader Lexi Thompson after 11 holes.