SOUTHPORT, England – Taiwan’s Yani Tseng eagled the 18th for a third successive 68 on Saturday to take a commanding four-shot lead into the final day of the women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale.
The 21-year-old was tied for the lead after the first round, was four ahead at the halfway point and the fact that she has had only one bogey in 54 holes makes daunting reading for her rivals.
She finished on 12-under par, with Australia’s Katherine Hull in second on eight-under after a 66 and South Korea’s Kim In-Kyung, who eagled the last for a 66, third on six-under.
Jennifer Rosales faltered with a three-over par 75 and slid to joint 60th with six others at 233.
Rosales made two bogeys, a double-bogey on the par 15th and a lone birdie.
In a third round that was a mix of sunshine, wind and the occasional rain shower, Tseng never looked like wavering, although she did admit to some nerves.
“But then I just sang to myself,” she revealed. “It was an old school song.”
Having made a string of easy pars she finally holed putts for birdies at the 13th and 15th before ending in grandstand fashion by hitting an eight iron second to 20 feet at the 472-yard 18th and holing out for an eagle three.