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Originally published July 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM | Page modified July 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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Inbee Park has the lead and again is chasing history at the Women’s British Open

South Korean going after her fourth major in women’s golf


The Associated Press

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SOUTHPORT, England — One year later, Inbee Park is still chasing history at the Women’s British Open.

Instead of trying to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive major, Park has a chance to become only the seventh woman to win four of the LPGA’s majors. Instead of photographers capturing her every move at St. Andrews, the 26-year-old South Korean has gone about her work without fanfare at Royal Birkdale. That changed Saturday with a remarkable start, and a late ruling that put Park in the lead.

On the tough opening stretch, she ran off three birdies that sent her to a 4-under 68. Then, Park went from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot lead when Ahn Sun-Ju was penalized two shots for building a stance in the bunker on the 18th hole.

Park had a one-shot lead over a pair of major champions — Suzann Petter­sen of Norway (68) and Shanshan Feng of China (69) — along with Ahn.

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla. He is at 7 under, with Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap tied for second at 4 under. Kirk Triplett, a Pullman High graduate, is tied for 15th at 3-over 215 after a 75.

Brian Harman had two eagles in a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-stroke lead at 17-under 196 after three rounds of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. Ryan Moore of Puyallup is tied for eighth at 13-under 200 after a 67. Other locals are Alex Prugh (69), Kevin Chappell (70), Richard H. Lee (69), and Kyle Stanley (72).

Justin Rose fired a 5-under 66 at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen to move into a share of the lead with Marc Warren (67).

Andres Gonzales of Olympia continues to lead the Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour after a 65 at Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy put him at 19-under 194. He leads by four strokes after leading the tournament since an opening-round 62.



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