She's leading the pack - in her 1st Major

SURPRISE LEADER: Ko (above) shot a three-under 69 in the horrendous conditions at Turnberry on Saturday for a 208 total, sharing the lead with Lu.


    Aug 03, 2015

    She's leading the pack - in her 1st Major


    KO JIN Young had never been to Scotland and it was her first Women's British Open, but she battled wind and rain to lead the field after the third round of her first Major.

    The 20-year-old shot a three-under 69 in the horrendous conditions at Turnberry on Saturday for a 208 total and shared the lead with Taiwan's Teresa Lu, who also shot 69.

    Suzann Pettersen, the halfway leader, had a 72 for third place on seven under with world No. 1 Park In Bee poised for a final-day attack a further two strokes adrift.

    Ko opened with rounds of 68 and 71, and her 69 contained four birdies - her only bogey was at the 16th - but even she was surprised by her elevated position on the leaderboard.

    "Today was a really good score and I never thought I would be leading such a big tournament," said the four-time winner on the Korean LPGA Tour.

    "I only had one practice round, but I have a really good caddie."

    The man carrying her bag is Jeff Brighton from nearby Girvan. They met only on Tuesday.

    "He's really nice and a very good player," she said. "He tells me that it is always like this in Scotland. The sun, rain, wind - four seasons all in one day.

    "I have never played in such terrible weather but it is very different and I'm enjoying it very much."

    Lu's only win on the United States-based LPGA Tour was in the 2013 Mizuno Classic in Japan, but she also adapted well to the alien conditions.

    The 27-year-old had five birdies in her 69 and she said her aim for the final day was to stay relaxed and enjoy it.

    "Today I focused on playing low shots. It was fun," she remarked.

    Six-time Major winner Park is a big threat. The 27-year-old also carded a 69 and there is a hint that a great round is waiting to emerge from the great South Korean.

    "We always expect this sort of weather in Scotland but I am really excited going into the final round," she said. "Actually, today, we were quite lucky because the rain didn't last the whole way round."

    Pettersen, two ahead overnight, started with a bogey and was out in 38. But the 33-year-old world No. 6 birdied the 10th and 11th in a flawless back nine of 34 for a 72.

    The best round of the day was a 68 from Wales' Amy Boulden for a three under total, while world No. 2 Lydia Ko, joint second at halfway, could only manage a 72 and finished alongside Park on five-under. But she is still a danger.