Shibuno takes charge of Women's Open after a surge on the back nine

Shibuno takes charge after day three (PA Images)
Shibuno takes charge after day three (PA Images)
9:10am, Sun 04 Aug 2019
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A late charge from Japanese 20-year-old Hinako Shibuno put her top of the leaderboard on -14 going into the final day of the Women’s British Open.

Shibuno, enjoying her major debut, shot a sublime round of 67 to leapfrog overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai, who is now two shots off the lead. Having led by two after day two, Buhai found day three less enjoyable when she bogeyed three of the last seven holes while Shibuno fired in six birdies down the back nine.

Britain’s Bronte Law and Charley Hull both sit at -8 but a poor 74 from defending champion Georgia Hall saw her slip out of contention. A double bogey on the ninth followed by two more bogeys meant the young Brit finished the day -4.

Also in the hunt are Korea’s Sung-Hyung park (-11) and hot on her heels at -10 are her compatriot Jin-Young Ko and two Americans Lizette Salas and Morgan Pressel.

Day four is set to be a nail biter as the leaders take to the course to battle it out for the Women’s Open title.

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