With a pair of 67s, Na Yeon Choi took hold of the Women’s British Open lead after the second round, entering the weekend at 10 under par and holding a one-shot margin over Miki Saiki.
She must wait another day to play the third round, however, as high winds forced the suspension of play Saturday.
Surprisingly, Inbee Park has not fared well at St. Andrews, starting Saturday’s third round eight shots back of the lead and in an eight-way tie for 22nd. She’s 1 under through four holes of her third round.
First-round leader Morgan Pressel will head to the course in third place, two shots back of Choi, while Suzann Pettersen, Nicole Castrale and Jee Young Lee are another shot back.
Follow all the third-round highlights right here Saturday – and scroll down for our previous coverage of the Women’s British Open!
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Update No. 8: 8:08 a.m. EDT
15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko turns in a 3-over 75, with just one birdie for the day against four bogeys; that’s good for a rise from T-59 to T-49 as things stand, with much of the field carding high scores today at St. Andrews.
Play has been suspended due to high winds.
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Update No. 7: 7:59 a.m. EDT
Natalie Gulbis has bogeyed three straight to fall to 2 over, while Jessica Korda has bogeyed three of her last four to also fall to that mark.
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Update No. 6: 7:43 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park follows her day’s first birdie with a par at No. 4 to remain 3 under for the tournament and alone in 20th place. She and Anna Nordqvist have the low rounds of the day going, each 1 under for their round.
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Update No. 5: 7:26 a.m. EDT
Brittany Lincicome makes the turn at 4 over for the day, with two bogeys and a double bogey in her last five holes, to slip to 3 over and T-46. Lincicome will need to reverse her fortunes on the back nine, where she has made just one birdie in two rounds.
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Update No. 4: 7:19 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park finds her first birdie of “moving day” at No. 3, which gets her to 3 under and seven shots back of leader Na Yeon Choi. We’ll see if Park can duplicate her back-to-back birdies of the first rounds at Nos. 3-4, when she went 5 under on the front.
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Update No. 3: 7:07 a.m. EDT
Again, Inbee Park makes par to remain 2 under for the tournament. It’s her third par in as many rounds at St. Andrews’s second hole this year.
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Update No. 2: 6:58 a.m. EDT
Natalie Gulbis and Jessica Korda started the day 1 under and have risen to even par, through four and three holes respectively.
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Update No. 1: 6:50 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park, playing alongside Eun-Hee Ji, begins her round with a par at the first. Park has a lot of ground to make up today, but it’s hard to be upset with an opening par.
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Anna Nordqvist is 1 under, having opened with birdies at Nos. 1, 3 and 7 before bogeying Nos. 9 and 11. She’s the only golfer under par today so far. Among those at even par, Danielle Kang and Sandra Gal have played the most golf at eight and six holes respectively.
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Rikako Morita is 10 over through 13 holes, while Moira Dunn and Thidapa Suwannapura are 8 over through 15 and 13 holes respectively.
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The sun is expected to break through the clouds for the third round, with morning temperatures in the 60s according to accuweather.com; it won’t get much warmer than that, with highs in the mid to upper 60s. Winds should be in the teens all day.
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Whoever wins this week’s Women’s British Open will have to putt the St. Andrews greens well. That’s the case in any tournament, but especially on the massive double greens of St. Andrews. Na Yeon Choi seems to have found her putting stroke just in time.
Na Yeon Choi moved to the top of the leaderboard Friday in Scotland, shooting her second consecutive 67 to overtake first-round co-leader Morgan Pressel in the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews. Choi leads by a shot over Miki Saiki and two over Pressel. Inbee Park, chasing her fourth major victory this season was much closer to the cut line than the lead.
The pressure likely isn’t going to get any bigger than this. After two rounds of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, Inbee Park sits at 2-under 142 for the tournament, eight strokes behind leader Na Yeon Choi. With two rounds to play over a windy Old Course, anything can happen as she makes her quest for a record fourth consecutive major in the same season.
Two things seemed pretty certain midway into the second round of the $2.75 million Ricoh Women’s British Open. Laura Davies and Charley Hull are unlikely to make this year’s European Solheim Cup team. Davies and Hull missed the cut, matching each other’s 4-over-par totals of 148.
Morgan Pressel and her strapping caddie, Barry Cesarz (aka “The Rock”), play the occasional round together in South Florida. As Cesarz stands in the fairway with a 7-iron in his hand, he knows the boss is likely to hit it closer with her hybrid. What Cesarz feels in that moment, is what opponents of Pressel’s have felt her entire career, and it can be maddening.
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Oliver Horovitz is a writer, filmmaker and caddie on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. His book, “An American Caddie in St. Andrews,” was published by Gotham Books in March, and is in stores now.
Stacy Lewis played the Old Course back to front, but she is in contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
An early-morning Scottish mist had rolled over the Kingdom of Fife as Inbee Park, the undisputed Queen of Golf for the moment, smiled cooly and yawned occasionally as she prepared to begin the first leg of her fourth major conquest of the season at 7:03 a.m.
Oliver Horovitz is a smart guy, and not just because he matriculated at Harvard University. The author of “An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course” enrolled at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for his gap year between high school and college. Now that is genius.
Morgan Pressel is trying to control her subconsciousness. She’s fighting a losing battle.
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Park chases a first at grand cathedral of golf: Even though Inbee Park is chasing a fourth major title this season, she hasn’t achieved full celebrity status just yet.
Poised, polished Creamer pursues Women’s British: Paula Creamer wouldn’t mind being the player who stands between Inbee Park and a fourth major this week at St. Andrews.
Booth, Matthew lone Scots in Women’s British field: Scottish golf fans hoping to see one of their own win this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open have all their eggs in just two baskets.
Webb among Park’s potential spoilers at St. Andrews: Though Karrie Webb hasn’t won a major since 2006, she’s a solid pick to spoil Inbee Park’s fun. Among those in the field this week, only Juli Inkster has as many major titles.
Charley Hull hoping for Solheim Cup nod: This week at St. Andrews, Charley Hull is giving hot pursuit to a new dream: next month’s Solheim Cup.