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
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.
• 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.