Hinako Shibuno on Cusp of Dream Debut at Women’s British Open


MILTON KEYNES, England — Hinako Shibuno’s dream debut continued Saturday as she fired a five-under-par 67 and seized a two-shot lead going into the final round at the Women’s British Open.

Shibuno, 20, a rookie on the L.P.G.A. of Japan Tour who is making her L.P.G.A. Tour and major championship debuts, hit six birdies in the final nine holes of the third round for a 14-under 202.

The overnight leader, Ashleigh Buhai (72), started with a three-shot lead at Woburn Golf Club and stretched it to five as Shibuno had bogeys on Nos. 5 and 9. But with Sung Hyun Park also closing in, Buhai stumbled with three bogeys in five holes. A 30-year-old South African who has never won on the L.P.G.A. Tour, Buhai dropped to second at 12 under.

Park was a shot further back in third after a bogey-free 68.

Morgan Pressel and Lizette Salas of the United States and top-ranked Jin Young Ko of South Korea were tied for fourth at 10 under. Ko, who shot a 68, is seeking her third major title of the year after winning last week’s Evian Championship in France and the ANA Inspiration in April.

Pressel birdied eight holes on her way to a 66, while Salas (70) had two bogeys in her opening nine.

The defending champion, Georgia Hall, was four under after a two-over 74.



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