Evian Championship: Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire fall further off the pace in France

Meadow suffered back-nine woes in her two-over par 73
Meadow suffered back-nine woes in her two-over par 73

Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire fell further off the pace at the Evian Championship after failing to make third-round moves in France.

Northern Ireland's Meadow, 29, made three birdies in her first five holes but came home in three-over and signed for a 73 to lie 17 off the lead.

Maguire recorded three birdies and three bogeys in an even-par 71 to leave the Cavan golfer 15 adrift.

Jeongeun Lee6 fired a 68 to take a five-shot lead into the final round.

South Korea's Lee6, the overnight leader, made an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys to remain the overwhelming favourite to clinch her second major title.

Lee6's closest challenger is American teenager Yealimi Noh with New Zealand's's two-time major winner Lydia Ko a further shot behind.

Irish duo Maguire and Meadow, who sit tied 32nd and 46th respectively, will be hoping for a positive final round before they travel to Tokyo to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games.

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