Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Georgia Hall stays in contention at Evian Championship

Georgia Hall stays in contention at Evian Championship

Georgia Hall has made no secret of her ambition to win a second major and the Briton made a solid start to the Évian Championship yesterday, shooting a bogey-free 68, three under par, to lie three shots off the lead.

The quartet led by one from Spain's Carlota Ciganda, who added a 70 to her opening 65.

She was among the early starters yesterday and began with back-to-back bogeys before recovering and shot a 69 to take the clubhouse lead at eight under.

"I love this place, love being in Europe, my parents are here, some friends, so I really like the atmosphere", said world No.18 Ciganda.

Torres shot a 2 under 69 and was joined at the top of the leaderboard by American's Amy Olson (65) and Mo Martin (66) and Korea's Mi Hyang Lee (66), all with an 8-under-par 134 total.

Henderson picked up gains at four of the final six holes having been two-over for the day through 12.

Maria Torres, who was in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria hit past year, is one of four leaders at eight under.

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"I'm really excited for the next few days, so we'll just see what happens". She missed the cut at 10 over in her only previous major, the Women's PGA Championship won in July by the South Korean world No. 1 Sung Hyun Park, who won't play this weekend.

Hall's seven-foot putt for a closing birdie at the ninth was short of pace as she settled for a three-under card, but she was happy with her position after 36 holes. I chipped well today and I didn't really miss that many greens.

Lee made an eagle at her final hole, the par-5 ninth, to be the highest ranked co-leader, at No. 59.

Henderson is part of a seven-woman group chasing Olson for the last LPGA major championship of the season.

Austin Ernst (70) is also two shots back, completing her round minutes before Hurricane Florence made landfall close to her home state SC.

Forecast stormy rain held off just until the last groups completed play, including 16-year-old American Rachel Heck who had a one-under 70 in her second major. The 2014 ANA Inspiration victor had also dropped a shot at the 17th.

Lee's fellow Australian, Katherine Kirk, was unable to repeat her impressive opening day form a round of 73 dropping her back to a share of 30th at 1 under and 1 behind Lee.

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