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Celine Boutier strikes right into a three-shot lead after third spherical on the Evian Championship in France; ‘It has been superb to see the assist from the followers. However I am simply taking it one shot at a time,’ Boutier mentioned; Watch the ultimate main of the yr stay 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 profitable her first main on the Amundi Evian Championship on dwelling 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 thrice 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 enjoying in her dwelling nation (Picture: 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 best way.

“I am feeling very happy with my spherical,” mentioned Boutier. “It was undoubtedly a grind. I used to be in a position to begin off fairly good. I missed a number of photographs to start with of the again 9, however was in a position to scramble, and so it was fairly constructive and a stable spherical for me immediately.

“I did not begin that good to be sincere. I missed the primary three greens however acquired a very good break on two and was in a position to chip in. Then I simply had actually good probabilities on the 2 par-fives, seven and 9, and was in a position to benefit from that.

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

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

She added: “It has been superb. It has been actually superb to have the ability to see and listen to the assist from the followers. I really feel prefer it’s been very fulfilling 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 chill out 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 underneath. 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 nicely.

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

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

Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada moved into competition at seven underneath with a rollercoaster 67.

Henderson rolled in six birdies for a front-nine 29 that acquired her to 9 underneath 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 underneath for the championship, tied for fifth place with Saso.

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