Only the foolish would have written off Inbee Park’s chances at the midway point of a major championship. She may have started the day in a tie for the 48th position but today she showed exactly why Saturday is famously dubbed, “Moving Day.”
The Olympic Gold medalist proved her sheer class by matching the course record previously set by Michelle Wie on Thursday. A flawless round of 64 has meant that has become the biggest mover of the day to put herself in contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns. The South Korean is now up there at 10 under par for the championship. Having the best of the day’s weather may have helped but she made sure she took full advantage of it.
With the leaders set to tee off in the worst of the weather, Inbee Park may have just given herself a wonderful chance to take home the trophy. What’s more, it could have even better. Burning the edge of the 18th with her birdie chance on the 18th was the only dampener on her day.
When asked about the possibility of breaking the course record on the 18th Park stated that: " I wasn't really paying attention to that."
What was she was paying attention to was her ball striking and that appeared to pay off. So does she think she still has a chance to win?
In her ever diplomatic fashion she said: ""It's really difficult to tell. If it's just rain then it will be scoreable. It's up to the weather gods."
It was not only Inbee Park that has made a major move at the third round. Stacy Lewis has also made a charge. The 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open winner, Stacy Lewis, has fond memories in Fife. It was only six miles down the road where she claimed victory at St. Andrews. Could she be about to do it again? If her round today is anything to go by then perhaps she might just do that.
Paired alongside Inbee Park, Lewis also produced a sensational round to put herself in contention. Her round of 65 has moved her to only one shot behind Park as the pair brought out the best in each other.