Pressel leads by 1 at St. Andrews; Park way back

Morgan Pressel is two shots ahead of Stacy Lewis going into the final round of the Women's British Open.
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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Morgan Pressel has the 54-hole lead going into the final round of the Women's British Open.

Pressel holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday morning to cap off a 1-under 71 on an increasingly difficult Old Course at St. Andrews. The third round was delayed because of 40 mph gusts on Saturday.

Pressel was at 9-under 207, one shot ahead of Stacy Lewis, who had a 69. Na Yeon Choi (75), Miki Saiki (74), Hee Young Park (70) and Suzann Pettersen (72) were two shots behind. Still in the mix was Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who finished birdie-eagle for a 68 and was three shots behind.

Inbee Park, going for a record fourth straight professional major in one season, had a 74 and fell nine shots behind.

Park says her bid to become the first golfer to win four straight majors in the same season is now "almost impossible.''

Park couldn't get a putt to fall Sunday morning at St. Andrews. She wound up with a 2-over 74 in the wind-delayed third round of the Women's British Open. When the 25-year-old South Korean walked off the 18th, she was shaking her head over another putt that hit the lip.

She was 10 shots behind Na Yeon Choi and Morgan Pressel, who still had six holes remaining in the third round. But the wind was only moderate.

Park was at even-par 216. Asked if she would stage a rally in the final round Sunday afternoon, Park said it was doubtful because she didn't have enough holes left.

 

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