Ariya Jutanugarn on Saturday took the Women’s British Open lead at tree-lined Woburn, shooting a bogey-free six-under 66 to pull two strokes ahead of Mirim Lee.
“I feel a lot more comfortable,” Jutanugarn said. “Like, especially today, because I didn’t hit my iron good, but I still make some birdies.”
Jutanugarn birdied six of the first 14 holes and closed with four pars to reach 16-under 200 and break the tournament 54-hole scoring record.
Lee shot a 69. The South Korean player led after each of the first two rounds, opening with a 62 and shooting a 71 on Friday.
Mo Martin was third at 11-under after a 69. The American won the 2014 tournament at Royal Birkdale.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, at 46 trying to become the oldest major champion, had a 71 to move into fourth at 10-under. She played alongside Jutanugarn.
Kaohsiung native Candie Kung and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu shared 17th place on 211 overall. Kung shot a third-round 70, while Lu had a 71. Yani Tseng was two shots adrift in 27th after a 72, while Hsu Wei-ling missed the cut on Friday.
Additional reporting by staff writer
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