Miyazato leads Evian by 1 entering final round

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Mika Miyazato of Japan posted a two-under 69 on Saturday and holds a one-stroke lead in the Evian Championship, the final LPGA Tour major of the year, heading into the final round at Evian Masters Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The tournament was shortened to 54 holes after the scheduled first round was rained out on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Miyazato, whose only LPGA Tour title came in the 2012 Safeway Classic, made a birdie on the final hole of the second round to move ahead of Suzann Pettersen of Norway, who also shot 69, and 16-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who carded a 67.

Miyazato rebounded after opening her round with consecutive bogeys.

"Maybe not today (is what I) was thinking," Miyazato said. "But after second hole, just try do my best my golf game. I birdied 6 and 7 hole, pretty nice comeback."

Ko is seeking to become the youngest amateur to win a major on the LPGA Tour, and only the third amateur ever to win an LPGA major.

"I've never been really in kind of contention with the leaders at a major before," Ko said. "And because it's a 54 hole event now, it's only one round to get the work done. Hopefully it will be a good day tomorrow. But, you know, I can't hit it as good as I did today every single day."

Stacy Lewis, who won the Ricoh Women's British Open last month at St. Andrews, also shot 67 and was alone in fourth place.

"I've just played solid," Lewis said. "I haven't done anything crazy good yet, which is kind of nice. I haven't played my best round yet, which is good. Hopefully we play tomorrow."
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