Suzann Pettersen recovers to sit one shot off Turnberry lead

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu lead British Open after third round

Norway's Suzann Pettersen recovered from a poor start to her third round to remain firmly in contention for a third Major title in the Ricoh Women's British Open.

Pettersen’s two-shot halfway lead quickly disappeared as she dropped shots on the first and sixth in testing conditions at Turnberry, but the 34-year-old bounced back with birdies on the 10th and 11th on her way to a level-par 72.

That left the Solheim Cup star on seven under par, one shot behind South Korea's Jin Young Ko and Taiwan's Teresa Lu, who both shot rounds of 69.

Japan's Mika Miyazato carded a 70 to lie two shots off the lead with world number one Inbee Park, world number two Lydia Ko and Australia's Minjee Lee all on five under.


England's Melissa Reid carded a double bogey on the first and was four over for the day after six holes, but produced a superb fightback with six birdies and an eagle to record a 69 and finish four under.

That was one shot ahead of Wales's Amy Boulden, whose 68 contained five birdies and just one bogey and was the lowest round of the day.

Reid hopes she can put up a real challenge for the title on the final day of the tournament.

“I’m not too far off. If I can just sort out the first few holes where I’ve been dropping shots then I’ve certainly got a chance,” said the 27-year-old from Derby.

“I feel like I’m putting really well and my swing feels good so I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot.”

Boulden, meanwhile, hopes her upbringing in Conwy will play to her advantage at Turnberry.

“Growing up at Conwy, definitely you get used to the wind and links golf,” she said. “Especially playing as an amateur, we grew up playing links golf.

“In the British Open, you want it to blow, you want it to be tough conditions. You don’t want the top players going out and shooting seven under, you want to grind it out and that’s an advantage for me.”