Amy Olson shot a 6-under 65 for the second straight day to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of The Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France.
Olson, who is at 14-under 199, holds the NCAA individual record with 20 victories while starring at North Dakota State University, but the 89th-ranked North Dakota native is still seeking her first LPGA Tour victory.
Olson admitted she would be nervous Sunday. “Oh, I’m sure I will,” she said. “You just have to channel it and keep your focus and not let yourself get ahead.”
South Korea’s Sei Young Kim, who posted a 7-under 64, is alone in second place at 12-under for the tournament.
“The golf course suits my eye and greens are really soft and I could attack the pin the way I want,” said Kim, the winningest active LPGA player without a major championship victory.
Olson’s fellow American, Mo Martin, sits in third at 10-under after finishing two strokes under par on Saturday.
South Korea’s Inbee Park, who is attempting to complete the career grand slam this week, finished the day in a three-way tie for fourth at 9-under at four strokes under par. Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and American Angela Stanford are also at 9-under.
“I don’t mind where I am at the moment,” Hall said. “I think where I am is definitely doable, I think, after I hole some good putts tomorrow.”
Puerto Rico’s Maria Torres, who was part of a four-way tie with Olson, Martin and South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee to start the day, struggled to a 1-over 72 and dropped into a tie for 11th.
Hyang Lee was one stroke worse after shooting a 73.
The Evian is the fifth and final major of 2018 for the LPGA Tour.
Defending champion Anna Nordqvist struggled again, shooting a 3-over 75 to put her in a tie for 52nd at 4-over par.
–Field Level Media