Canada’s Brooke M. Henderson continued to take small steps towards the top of the British Open golf standings in Scotland, finishing her best day of the tournament in ninth place on Saturday.
After identical rounds of 70, the Ontarian gave a card of 69 (-2) in the third round. She had her best early moments when she stalled back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth flags. She also played under par on the 12th hole, and suffered her only bogey on the eighth.
Henderson has hit the ball 209 (-4) times and is tied with five other golfers.
It will be nearly impossible for her to reach the top of the mountain, which is defended beautifully by Ashleigh Buhai. The South African shows a cumulative -14, thanks to an incredible round of 64 (-7), Saturday. The 33-year-old flew through the competition with eight birdies.
Buhai holds a five-stroke lead over second-placed golfers Hinako Shibuno of Japan and In Gee Chun of South Korea.
On Friday, Quebecer Maude-Aimée Leblanc had just been eliminated after two rounds by virtue of a total of +4.