Women’s British Open. Bunker Drama gives Inbee the Initiative.

 

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Inbee Park was given the initiative to lead the Women’s British Open when the clubhouse leader Sun-Ju Ahn was involved with a TV crew reported rule violation, the drama ended with her being given a two shot penalty.

Third round leader Inbee Park / Getty Images

Inbee was celebrating her birthday, and was happy to be in a position to win at the end of moving day, a one shot lead at -4 under par for the tournament. Inbee recorded a third round of -4 under par 68;

“We can see from the scores that it’s moving day. The first two days I didn’t hit the shots well enough to get the results I wanted but today my ball striking was great today and I didn’t miss any greens.”

“A couple of three putts for a bogey and I missed a short putt for a birdie on the last. Those three shots are left out there but I got off to a great start. The first four holes here are really difficult but I had a great start and am in a great position for tomorrow.”

Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng and Sun-Ju Ahn  share second place at -3 under par, Sun-Ju explained her penalty.

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The TV crew reported that she had used her foot to move some sand down the side of the bunker, in an effort to get her feet on the same level. This action is in violation under rule 13-3/3, and she was penalised two shots;

“It’s disappointing but it’s my mistake, I still have a day to go and I have to stay focused and try my best tomorrow. I didn’t know about the rule but all I was trying to do was make a stance. I’m surprised by it, but if that’s the rule, I just have to abide by it and refocus.”

“The ball was placed on a very up slope lie, so it was hard to make a stance. So what I was trying to do was fix a stance but after the review it was determined that I used my feet to try to make an even lie. But you know, my intent wasn’t to break the rules. It was just to set my feet firm in the sand just to be able to make the shot. But if that’s the rule, there was no intent and I can’t do anything about it.”

Suzann missed the first Major of the year due to injury, but is in good shape now;

“I’ve been pretty good now since the U.S. Open and I’m looking forward and I’m in good shape and I have no worries.”

 “There’s definitely a little bit of wanting to try and win all five majors by the time my career is over.  And I feel like my game is suitable for all different courses.  You’ve just really got to adjust and play smart and adjust accordingly. I’m right where I want to be for tomorrow but who knows, I’ll go out tomorrow and give it my all but at the same time play smart.”

 

Lydia Ko, Only Kiwi in British Open Field

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Lydia Ko, the World amateur number one, will be the only Kiwi in the field for the Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool starting on Thursday, the 15 year-old Kiwi is in the high quality field for the last Major championship of the year. After her stunning win at the Canadian Open on the LPGA Tour last month, Lydia  took some time out, before hooking up with coach Guy Wilson in Liverpool last week.

The pair have been have been preparing at nearby Formby Golf Club, and then had their first glimpse of Royal Liverpool today, at the brutally tough links course, encountering a concoction of sun, wind and rain, as the links course showed some teeth while she played a practice round with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, a former Major winner.

Lydia is under no illusions as to how tough this assignment is going to be;

” I reckon it’s one of the hardest courses I have ever played and it’s so different to what I’m used to it was very windy. On the first hole I hit my tee shot into the right rough, my second shot into the rough and my third into the right rough. I consider myself quite a straight hitter so it has got to be quite tough. We have a few links courses back at home but nothing like this. I’ll just be trying to play my best and hopeful I’ll be able to make the cut and we’ll go from there.”

For us Kiwi”s the opening round of the tournament starts on Thursday night (NZT). Good Luck Lydia.