St Andrews - South Korea's Kim In-Kyung had a dream day on
the greens and soared into a six-shot lead with a round to play in the Women's
British Open at Kingsbarns on Saturday.
The 29-year-old famously missed a one-foot putt on the final
green to lose the chance of a first major win at the 2012 ANA Inspiration, but
she holed from all over the place in a faultless third round of 66.
Kim's 17-under-par total of 199 was a championship 54-hole
record - one better than Ariya Jutanugarn at Woburn 12 months ago.
Jutanugarn, who went on to win last year, missed the halfway
cut, but her older sister Moriya maintained family pride with a superb 67 for
joint second place on 11 under par.
England's Georgia Hall, playing with Kim, also finished on
11 under after a 70.
She had narrowed the gap on her playing partner with three
birdies in a row from the 13th - but a bogey at the 16th and a four putt
double-bogey six at the 17th means she has a massive gap to make up over the
final 18 holes.
"I felt really good about myself today and really
adjusted to the pace of the greens," said Kim, who reckons she has finally
put the 2012 miss behind her.
"It has been tough," she admitted. "I was so
disappointed after 2012, but I have finally managed to let go. It had taken
away some of the joy of golf. But I decided I had to be nice to myself."
In the mixture of rain and sun, she birdied the second and
then four in a row from the fifth. More birdies came at the 11th and 12th.
Park Inbee, the 2015 champion at Turnberry, made a surge
through the field by equalling the course record 64. On ten under, she is still
The 29-year-old seven-time major winner made the cut with
just a shot to spare, but a flawless eight-birdie round raised hopes of a second
win in Scotland.
Park played alongside another former champion, Stacy Lewis,
and the American, who won over the Old Course at St Andrews four years ago,
also showed her hunger for a second victory at the 'home of golf' with a 65 for
Park ruled women's golf and was the world number one for
over a year in 2013/14, but she came into the week unhappy with a normally plus
point of her game, her ball striking. "But today was much better,"
"Over the first two days I struggled with the putter.
But I holed some and to have eight birdies and no dropped shots makes me very
"I always enjoy playing in twosomes. Play is much
quicker and Stacy and I both played some great golf. We fed off each
World number one Ryu So-Yeon, who made the cut on the final
mark, had her best round of the week with a 68 to reach five under par.