Kirk vying for women's golf major title

Australia's Katherine Kirk follows her ball during the second round of the LPGA Evian Championship.

Australia's Katherine Kirk follows her ball during the second round of the LPGA Evian Championship.

Australian golfer Katherine Kirk will tee off in the final group at the rain-shortened Evian Championship in France with a great chance to claim her first major championship title.

Kirk will start the final round just two shots off the lead after shooting a two-under-par 69 second round on Saturday to get to seven under.

Neither of the two players ahead of her has yet won on the LPGA Tour.

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand leads at nine-under after carding a three-under-par 68.

Jutanugarn, whose younger sister Ariya is already major champion, is one shot clear of Japan's Ayako Uehara, who soared with a 66.

There are no shortage of quality challengers however.

Lurking in fourth place, one shot behind Kirk, are recent major champions In-Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park, along with former world No.1 Lydia Ko who is coming off a second-place finish to Lexi Thompson in Indianapolis last week.

Kirk's previous best finish in a major championship was in 2010 when she finished runner-up to Yani Tseng at the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

She came into the week confident after turning her form around this year, capturing her first LPGA title since 2010 at the Thornberry Classic in Wisconsin in early July.

"That was a huge confidence boost, especially after struggling for a couple years and questioning whether I'd be playing much longer," said Kirk.

"It's just nice to know you can still do it at 35 years old and as one of the older players out here."

"I changed coaches at the end of 2015 and just slowly things are starting to kick in, so better ball-striking, and my misses aren't as bad.

When that happens, I mean, I still do make the occasional double, but it's just not as bad as it used to be."

Bad weather wiped out play on Thursday and the championship was shortened to 54 holes.

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