South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai built a five-stroke lead at the British Women’s Open with a seven-under third-round 64 on Saturday.
What remains for him to do is to protect this lead to sign his first triumph at a major tournament.
In 2019 at Woburn, Buhai was also in first place after the second round of that tournament, but she finished fifth, her best finish at a major tournament in women’s golf.
Buhai is in a much better position on the Muirfield, Scotland course following his round of eight birdies and just one bogey on the final hole.
His performance on Saturday gave him a cumulative score of 199, 14 under par.
Five of his birdies were scored over the first seven holes, but the most impressive of them all probably came on the par-5 17th. Located on the outside of the green, Buhai sent her approach shot into the cup after seeing her tee shot land in the tall grass.
His score of 64 represents the best round of the week, despite stronger gusts of wind on Saturday than during the first two days.
Japan’s Hinako Shibuno (66) and South Korea’s In Gee Chun (70) share second place.
Tied for fourth are South Korea’s Inbee Park (70) and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom (71), seven strokes off the top.
After returning a card of 69, the Canadian Brooke M. Henderson shares the ninth place with five other golfers, 10 strokes from the lead.