In Kyung Kim takes a six-shot lead into the final day of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, after a sensational 66 on moving day at Kingsbarns Links.


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In Kyung Kim takes a six-shot lead into the final day of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, after a sensational 66 on moving day at Kingsbarns Links.

The Korean looked unstoppable as she rattled in putt after putt over the opening nine, reaching the turn at four-under-par, before two more birdies over the second half ensured that she would head into Sunday as the clear favourite to pick up her first major title.

The diminutive golfer is perhaps better known as the player who missed a foot-putt to win the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, but looks set to finally right that wrong after breaking the Ricoh Women’s British Open 54-hole scoring record with an aggregate score of -17-under-par.

Kim has experienced a topsy-turvy season on tour, with four missed cuts interspersing two wins, including victory two weeks ago at the LPGA Marathon Classic, where she stormed away from the field on Sunday with a final round 63.

‘’It took me a long time to forgive myself for 2012,’’ she confessed after her round. ‘’Now I feel much calmer on the golf course. I will enjoy what I have achieved today, and then go out and see what tomorrow brings.’’

For much of the day twenty-one-year-old Georgia Hall met every blow landed by the Korean with a counter-strike over her own, including a three-hole birdie streak from the 12th, just when Kim appeared to be pulling out of reach. But what was an incredibly mature performance by the Englishwoman, who will make her debut at the Solheim Cup later this month, quickly unravelled as she followed a bogey on the 16th with a disastrous four-putt on the next.

Hall will start tomorrow six-shots back, alongside Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, and one ahead of Olympic gold medallist Inbee Park, who fired an eight-under-par 64 on Saturday to tie the course record set by Michelle Wie on day one.

Park made the best of benign morning conditions, which was replaced by heavy rain by the time the leaders teed off, to rocket up the leaderboard with a flawless bogey-free round, which she accredited to the faster greens on day three.

Leona Maguire looks set to retain the Smyth Salver she won at Woburn twelve months ago, as the Irish student showed why she is the top-ranked amateur in the world, looking composed throughout in her third consecutive round under par. Her nearest rival for low amateur is nineteen-year-old Sophie Lamb, from Lancashire, who sits at -3, in T48.

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