Kirk in contention at major championship in France

Jessica Korda of the United States who was leading by two shots in the original first round at the Evian Championship that was scrapped because of heavy rain said the decision by the LPGA

Uehara ended the day as Jutanugarn's closest challenger after a 66 which included four birdies in five holes from the 13th and, after her second bogey of the back nine at 18, she hit back with gains at the second, third and sixth holes to vault into outright second.

Moriya Jutanugarn is on course to join her sister, Ariya, as a major champion after an impressive second-round 68 earned her the outright lead at the Evian Championship.

Lydia Ko is within touching distance of adding another major golf title to her resume.

With stormy weather having washed out Thursday's play, the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes and she will go into the final round one stroke clear of Japan's Ayako Uehara.

She's in position to do that well, or better today.

The victor of the tournament in 2015 - when she became the youngest women's major champion - Ko has been a model of consistency through the first two rounds.

Park admitted that the Tour decision had represented a good break - "I guess it was for me, yes", said the 23-year-old who won her first major, the US Open, in July.

But there was no such problem for Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.

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This season, she has has had a string of decent finishes, including eight top-10s, and was in the final pairing at last month's British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland.

"But I reckon if I keep knocking on the door, one day it will be my turn", she said.

Park, this year's US Women's Open champion, knew she'd dodged a bullet, but spoke little about it after her stunning round of seven birdies, an eagle and one bogey. Kirk won the Thornberry Creek LPGA classic earlier this year, her first win since 2010.

Announcing the decision to shorten the event yesterday, Ladies Professional Golf Association commissioner Mike Whan commented: "Some players will not like it, but I'll take the brunt of that".

"There's no easy holes out there, so I think that kind of helps keep me engaged, keep me focused", said Kirk, whose best Evian finish was a T15 result in 2013.

On six-under, just three off the lead, are a formidable threesome.

But the young New Zealander then missed a series of further chances to get closer to the leader as she reeled off 10 consecutive pars to match her opening 68, and she shares fourth with South Korean pair In Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park.

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