Saturday 21 October 2017

Ireland's Leona Maguire set to make history at British Open

Leona Maguire of Ireland tees off at the 16th in the British Open this week
Leona Maguire of Ireland tees off at the 16th in the British Open this week

Ireland's Leona Maguire is on course to be the leading amateur in the British Open for the second successive year going into today's final round at Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Maguire, 22, has carded three rounds of 70 to leave her sitting in 22nd position overall and a full eight shots ahead of the only other remaining amateur in the competition, My Leander.

South Korea's IK Kim will take a commanding lead into the final round after a late collapse from England's Georgia Hall.

Kim carded a third round of 66 at Kingsbarns to finish 17 under par, six shots ahead of Hall and Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn, with Olympic champion Inbee Park and American Ally McDonald a shot further back.

Six birdies in the first 12 holes had taken Kim into a six-shot lead only for playing partner Hall - who had earlier driven the green on the fifth to set up an eagle - to birdie the 13th, 14th and 15th.

However, Hall then bogeyed the 16th and four-putted the 17th for a double-bogey six to card a two-under-par 70, her highest score of the week.

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