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Candie Kung keeps pressure on Park at Evian

DOWN TO THE WIRE Taiwan’s Candie Kung is seeking her first LPGA Tour title since 2003 but Angela Park is in the driving seat at Evian, chasing her first

AP , EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE

Candie Kung of Taiwan plays a shot on the 18th hole during third round of the Evian Masters in Evian, France, on Saturday. Kung was in second place after the third round.

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Angela Park birdied the final three holes for a 4-under 68 on Saturday to keep a one-shot lead after the third round of the Evian Masters.

The 19-year-old Park, who has dual Brazilian and US citizenship, has a 14-under total of 202. Taiwan-born Candie Kung, who also has US citizenship, is one shot back after a 67.

“I was playing mediocre throughout the whole round,” Park said.

“I didn’t see anyone else go extremely low so I tried to stay positive and it came around,” she said.

Julie Inkster of the US is third on 11 under after a 69, her third straight sub-70 round.

Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson, who trailed Park by one stroke overnight, is four shots back in fourth after following her course-record 63 on Friday with a 71.

Park is looking for her first LPGA Tour victor.

“I have no strategy so far,” she said. “Just hit fairways and greens and be patient out there.”

Park made two birdies on the first nine holes before missing a short par putt at 13, her only bogey of the tournament.

Like Park, Kung also grew up in Southern California and now lives in Allen, Texas.

“This week’s been pretty good for me,” said Kung, whose three LPGA Tour wins all came in 2003. “This will probably be the first time [since 2003] being in the last group. It’s going to be fun.”

The 43-year-old Alfredsson battled through a round of five birdies and four bogies in her 71.

“It was an adventure,” she said. “I was fighting and never got it going like [Friday]. Sometimes it is such a letdown after you have a round like that. I hit some shots I didn’t recognize. But I kept in there and I’m not totally displeased.”

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