Tracker: After Ahn penalty, Park leads British

Inbee Park during the third round of the 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

After making par at the 18th and carding what she thought was a 3-under 69 Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open, South Korea's Sun Ju Ahn found herself with the 54-hole lead.

But when she arrived at the scoring tent, Ahn was informed that she was being given a two-shot penalty for building a stance in a bunker at the 18th. The penalty gave her a double bogey on the finishing hole, a 1-under 71 for the round and knocked her out of the lead.

As a result, another South Korean, World No. 3 Inbee Park, assumes the 54-hole lead at 4 under. Park carded a 4-under 68 in the third round.

Here's how it all unfolded Saturday at Royal Birkdale:

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Update No. 31: 11:58 a.m. ET

Sun Ju Ahn is given a two-shot penalty for building a stance in a bunker at the 18th hole. She drops from 5 under to 3 under, and goes from one shot ahead of Inbee Park to one shot behind Park, who now leads after 54 holes.

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Update No. 30: 11:44 a.m. ET

Sun Ju Ahn cards a third-round 3-under 69 to take the clubhouse lead at 5 under. However, officials are reviewing her third shot from a greenside bunker at the par-5 18th for a possible rules violation. We'll keep you updated.

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Update No. 29: 11:19 a.m. ET

Sun Ju Ahn fails to get up and down for birdie at the par-5 17th and she remains at 5 under. Also, second-round leader Mo Martin lips out a birdie putt at the 15th. She's 1 under after playing Nos. 11-14 in 5 over.

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Update No. 28: 11:10 a.m. ET

Here are Inbee Park's post-round comments after she shot 4-under 68 to move to 4 under at Royal Birkdale.

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Update No. 27: 10:58 a.m. ET

Inbee Park pars the par-5 18th to wrap up a 4-under 68. She will enter Sunday at 4 under, but as of right now she no longer has the lead. That's because another South Korean, Sun Ju Ahn, is 5 under after birdies at Nos. 15 and 16. She's 8 under at Nos. 15-18 so far this tournament.

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Update No. 26: 10:45 a.m. ET

Shanshan Feng lags an eagle putt close and taps in her third birdie of the day for a bogey-free 3-under 69. She's now 3 under, a shot back of Inbee Park.

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Update No. 25: 10:37 a.m. ET

Suzann Pettersen closes eagle-birdie to card a 4-unde r68 and move to 3 under overall.

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Update No. 24: 10:32 a.m. ET

Inbee Park birdies the par-5 17th to take the lead at 4 under. The four-time major champion has six birdies and is 4 under today. Also birdieing the 17th was Shanshan Feng, who is bogey-free through 17 holes today and is 2 under overall.

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Update No. 23: 10:30 a.m. ET

Stacy Lewis is in good position to make a Sunday run at her second straight Women's British crown. She birdied the 18th to wrap up a third-round 2-under 70 and at 1 under, she is just two shots out of the lead.

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Update No. 22: 10:27 a.m. ET

Mo Martin follows her double at the 11th with bogey at the 12th to fall into a share of the lead with Inbee Park and Sun Ju Ahn at 3 under.

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Update No. 21: 10:20 a.m. ET

Mo Martin's lead is now just one shot after she four-putts for double bogey at the par-4 11th to drop to 4 under.

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Update No. 20: 9:56 a.m. ET

Mo Martin drains a long birdie at the par-4 10th to move to 6 under. Beatriz Recari also birdies the hole after knocking her approach to about 3 feet, and she moves to 3 under.

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Update No. 19: 9:43 a.m. ET

Mo Martin leaves a long birdie putt at the par-4 ninth just short and she makes the turn at 5 under overall. She started her round with two bogeys, but is bogey-free with one birdie in seven holes since.

Also, Stacy Lewis, the defending champion, birdies the par-4 16th to get back to even par overall.

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Update No. 18: 9:28 a.m. ET

After birdieing the par-3 12th, Inbee Park nearly drains a 12-footer for birdie at the par-4 13th. She makes par to remain at 4 under, one shot back of leader Mo Martin.

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Update No. 17: 9:21 a.m. ET

Let’s hope Charley Hull never loses her youthful exuberance. Let’s hope the golfing demons don’t get hold of her.

So far, so good.

Hull bounced into contention Saturday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a 6-under 66 to move to 1 under. Then she bounced into the media center and shared that she plays with the same simple philosophy that has helped others in the past cope with this incredibly frustrating game.

Click here to read the rest of Alistair Tait's third-round story on Hull.

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Update No. 16: 9:18 a.m. ET

Stacy Lewis bogeys the par-4 13th, her second bogey in her last three holes, to fall back to 1 over for the championship.

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Update No. 15: 9:13 a.m. ET

Here are Charley Hull's post-round comments after she shot 6-under 66 with nine birdies Saturday at Royal Birkdale.

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Update No. 14: 9:08 a.m. ET

Lydia Ko made par on every hole on the back nine to wrap up a third-round 3-under 69. She's now 1 over through 54 holes.

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Update No. 13: 8:56 a.m. ET

Mo Martin and So Yeon Ryu trade birdies, Martin birdieing the fifth and Ryu the sixth, before Ryu bogeys the seventh to drop back to 4 under. Martin leads outright at 5 under.

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Update No. 12: 8:38 a.m. ET

Stacy Lewis drops back to even par after her bogey at the par-4 11th. She's now four shots back of leaders Mo Martin and So Yeon Ryu. Martin, through four holes now, bogeyed each of her first two holes.

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Update No. 11: 8:11 a.m. ET

Inbee Park joins So Yeon Ryu at 4 under after her birdies at the par-5 sixth. Also moving up the leaderboard is Suzann Pettersen, who notched her third straight birdie, at the par-4 eighth, to move to 2 under.

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Update No. 10: 7:54 a.m. ET

Mo Martin opens with bogey to drop to 5 under. She leads by just one shot now as So Yeon Ryu just birdied the par-4 second hole to get to 4 under.

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Update No. 9: 7:51 a.m. ET

With leader Mo Martin having just begun her third round – she's currently on the first hole – check out Martin's post-round comments from Friday.

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Update No. 8: 7:45 a.m. ET

In the race for low amateur, Alabama's Emma Talley has the current advantage. Talley just birdied the par-5 sixth to get to 3 over. The only other amateur to make the cut, Georgia Hall, is 4 over and is through eight holes today.

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Update No. 7: 7:35 a.m. ET

Inbee Park birdies the fourth and now has three birdies in her first four holes. At 3 under, she's now tied for sec on and three shots behind leader Mo Martin.

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Update No. 6: 7:26 a.m. ET

After four straight pars to start the day, Stacy Lewis records back-to-back birdies, at Nos. 5 and 6, to get to 1 under.

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Update No. 5: 7:19 a.m. ET

Charley Hull cards the round of the tournament so far, a 6-under 66. She capped it with a birdie at the par-5 18th, her ninth birdie of the round and fifth in her final seven holes.

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Update No. 4: 7:16 a.m. ET

After somewhat of a quiet first two rounds, Paula Creamer finds herself tied for 22nd. Creamer is bogey-free through 11 holes today, sprinkling in a couple of birdies, too.

Also, Lexi Thompson's day is over. She finishes with a 6-over 78 and will enter Sunday at 11 over for the championship.

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Update No. 3: 7:09 a.m. ET

Inbee Park begins her round with two straight birdies and she's now 2 under overall, four shots back of leader Mo Martin.

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Update No. 2: 6:50 a.m. ET

Two teenagers, Charley Hull and Lydia Ko, are making runs. Hull is now up to 1 under after birdieing the par-4 16th. It's her third straight birdie, fourth in her last five holes and eighth of the round.

Ko is now 1 over and makes the turn having made two straight birdies, at Nos. 8-9, and four birdies total so far in Round 3.

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Update No. 1: 6:30 a.m. ET

Lexi Thompson went off early in Round 3 and it hasn't been the best of days for the 2014 Kraft champion. Thompson, who began her round Friday with a 10, double-bogeyed her first two holes of the day. While she had four birdies in her first 11 holes, she's also recorded five total double bogeys. She's 6 over through 13 holes today and 11 over overall.

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Friday's coverage

Martin leads Women's British as stars fade

They say the cream rises in major championships. The $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale is doing its best to disprove that old adage. Among the notables limping out of Southport after missing the 6-over-par cut are Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb, Yani Tseng, Stephanie Meadow, Na Yeon Choi, Catriona Matthew, Se Ri Pak and Caroline Hedwall, as well as Cristie Kerr after a WD – all potential winners at the start of the week. In their place we have Mo Martin, So Yeon Ryu, Beatriz Recari, Julieta Granada and Sun-Ju Ahn.

Wie, after 78, misses Women's British cut

There’s a plaque on the 16th hole at Royal Birkdale that commemorates the massive strike Arnold Palmer took from a bush with a 6-iron to win the 1961 Open Championship. Michelle Wie came to the par-4 16th Friday sitting on the cut line and hit a 2-iron into that bush. The frantic search that followed was reminiscent of what happened a few weeks ago on the 16th at Pinehurst.

Recari grabs spotlight with 67 at Royal Birkdale

Safe to say few people would’ve seen this coming from Beatriz Recari. The last, and likely only time, the media have gathered around the Spaniard this season came three weeks ago at Pinehurst when she played a practice round alongside 11-year-old Lucy Li. Everyone wanted to know what she thought of the kid. On a calm, sunny day in Southport, Recari found the spotlight herself with a smooth 5-under 67, the lowest round so far this week at Royal Birkdale.

Stupples' playing days end with greatest win on mind

Anyone thinking about chasing a dream should read Karen Stupples’ story. She’s proof that dreams can come true. “It’s been a hell of a journey,” Stupples said as she brought her career to an end after an 81 to miss the cut in the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open. It’s not the way she wanted to bow out of her home open, but she did so with pride. Whatever the affable English woman does in the future, she’ll always be introduced as 2004 Women’s British Open champion.

Tracker: Martin moves to lead

On a day when many big names struggled – Stacy Lewis shot 74, Lexi Thompson carded a 77 and Michelle Wie missed the cut after a second-round 78 – Mo Martin shot her second straight 3-under 69 to grab a three-shot lead at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Martin made just two bogeys Friday at Royal Birkdale, at Nos. 11 and 12, and is now 6 under overall. Beatriz Recari shot 67 while So Yeon Ryu carded a 70 as they both moved to 3 under for the championship.

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Thursday's coverage

With trusted caddie on bag, Lewis opens British with 71

Stacy Lewis began her title defense Thursday at the Ricoh Women's British Open by carding a first-round 1-under 71 at Royal Birkdale – and as usual, she did it with longtime caddie Travis Wilson on the bag.

Hull bounces back after rough start in British

Charley Hull, Britain’s main hope of becoming the first home winner of the Women’s British Open since Catriona Matthew in 2009, trails after a rough start at Royal Birkdale led to a 1-over 73.

Tracker: Uehara (68) leads Women's British Open

Defending champion Stacy Lewis carded a 1-under 71 Thursday during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open. Yet, it was Ayako Uehara who shot three shots better than Lewis and posted a 68 at Royal Birkdale.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Nichols: Rooted in friendship, Wie vs. Lewis great for the LPGA

Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis spend plenty of time together off the course, but it is the pushing of each other on the course that is paying major dividends for them, and for the LPGA.

Americans use Solheim Cup loss as major motivation

With the Solheim Cup loss in 2013 fresh in their minds, Americans have taken women's golf by storm, with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie winning the year's first two majors.

At 44, Matthew finds ultimate balance of golf, family

Catriona Matthew, 44, is not only competing with the young guns at this week's Ricoh Women's British Open, but also managing to maintain a solid family life with husband Graeme and daughters Katie and Sophie.

From campus to LPGA, Meadow aces the toughest tests

Stephanie Meadow was a standout in the classroom at Alabama the last four years, but her game is getting all the attention now after her third-place finish at the U.S. Women's Open and qualifying for this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.

With nobility and humor, Davies declares herself ready

Few things on tour are more entertaining than a Laura Davies interview, and on Wednesday she dished out a few gems while being honored as a new member of Royal Birkdale, site of her only Women’s British title, in 1986.

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