The five shot leader Jeongeun Lee – photo Ladies European Tour

It will take a herculean effort from either Lydia Ko or Minjee Lee in tomorrow’s final round of the Amundi Evian Championship to haul in the runaway leader Jeongeun Lee6 but they have at least kept the door open with strong third rounds overnight.

New Zealander Ko’s third round of 68 has her six shots from the lead while Australian Lee kept her hopes of a first major championship title alive with four consecutive birdies to finish for a round of 65 and although seven shots from the lead, another similar round tomorrow and a little help from Lee6 then who knows where they might end up.

Ko has won this event previously while Lee has yet to record a top ten in six attempts but that, at least, should change tomorrow.

Ko knows she has done it before and might reflect on memories of that victory in 2015 to assist her tomorrow.

“That final round the year I had won was probably one of the best golf I had played. I think when I had miss-hit shots I was really creative and used the undulations to kind of my advantage.

“So, yeah, I think I played really smart then and finished really strong birdieing 17 and 18. Especially then I think because I had a few-shot lead coming down it put a little less pressure on the last couple ones. It was more like, Oh, let’s cruise it down there, and ended up falling.

“So just with golf you just never know. It’s never the end until the glove comes off and the final putt drops in on the last. I just got to stick to my game plan and see. There is so many big names, a lot of players playing well, so I think you just — I have to focus on me and go from there.”

For Lee she still believes a win is possible. “You know, it can be flipped quickly, but I mean, the finishing holes, I don’t know how Jeongeun is probably going to finish,” said Lee when interviewed before Lee6 had finished today.

“I’m guessing she’s going to make a couple birdies coming in. I’ll probably have six- to seven- or eight-shot difference.

“But you know, I’m just going to play my game. I’m just going to try and make as many birdies as I can and try and catch up. But it’s — I can only control what’s in my game. I’ll just do that.”

Lee6 has won only one LPGA Tour title to date but that was a major when successful at the 2019 US Women’s Open so she has that history on her side and knows she can get the job done.

She currently leads by five over American Yalimi Noh who has yet to win on the LPGA Tour.