Lexi, Ko stalking lead at Evian Championship

evianmastersThird Round update — LPGA Tour — The Evian Championship — Evian Masters Golf Club — Evian-les-Brains, France —

Surprise contenders have emerged this week at The Evian Championship in France.

Nicole Broch Larsen and Mi Hyang Lee both reached 9-under overall during round three of the season’s final major, before Lee slipped ahead at 10-under.

Lee leads mid-way through the third round at Evian Masters Golf Club.

Both several high-profile players are lurking including World No. 2 Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson, who is 5-under through 13 holes to draw within a shot of the lead. Lexi opened with 66 to co-lead before slipped back with a 72 in round two.

Ko is 4-under on her third round with holes to play. She is now T-4 at 8-under alongside Amy Yang and Morgan Pressel, whose 65 Friday moved her in position for a

Inbee Park is the betting favorite this week

Inbee Park is the betting favorite this week

run at her second career major victory.

Ko, a 8-to-1 betting pick at Sky Bet to start the week, is eyeing her first major title, while Thompson (25-1) guns for her second major. She won the ANA Inspiration in 2014.

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