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Ko's title defence hopes end in France

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/09/2016

Lydia Ko at the Evian Championship in France. © Getty Images Lydia Ko at the Evian Championship in France. Lydia Ko has slumped out of contention at the Evian Championship in France, sitting nearly 20 strokes off the lead entering the final round in France.

World No.1 Ko's hopes of defending her title at the final major of the year disappeared with an uncharacteristically messy 75 in Evian-les-Bains, sending her 23 places backwards to a share of 36th.

The New Zealander made a dreadful start in damp conditions, carding bogeys in four of her first five holes.

She recovered with birdies on the seventh and ninth but two more dropped shots on the back nine left the 19-year-old well out of contention.

World No.7 In Gee Chun is threatening a post-to-post win after scooting four shots clear.

The Korean shot 65 on Saturday to be 19-under to be four clear of compatriot Sung Hyun Park, with another two back to China's Shanshan Feng.

Chun, who has lead through each of the first three rounds, is poised to join Ko as a two-time major champion, having won last year's US Women's Open.

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