Céline Boutier carded a 4-under 67 in the third round of the Évian Championship on Saturday to increase her lead to 3 shots going into the final day.
The 29-year-old Boutier is aiming to become the first Frenchwoman to win the tournament, which became a major in 2013.
“I didn’t start that good, to be honest. I missed the first three greens but got a good break on 2 and was able to chip in. Then I just had really good chances on the two par-5s, seven and nine, and was able to take advantage of that,” said Boutier, who had a bogey on the 12th hole in a round of five birdies. “I was just trying to focus on making, hitting a good shot, and if I happen to have a birdie opportunity, I hit a solid putt. It was definitely positive and felt pretty good to start very good on the front.”
Boutier’s closest challenger is Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, who posted a 68 on Saturday after rounds of 70 and 67.
“Hopefully I will get more birdies tomorrow. It was good iron shots and distance control,” Hataoka said. “Also I was good too with my putting stroke, so I was really comfortable. Tomorrow is another new day, and I want to enjoy the next 18 holes.”
Minjee Lee of Australia and Brooke Henderson of Canada are tied for third, a shot behind Hataoka. Henderson started strong, shooting a 29 on the front to tie the lowest 9-hole score ever at a major, before going 2 over on the back.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.