AIG Women’s Open: Sophia Popov leads by three at Royal Troon

Pure Silk Championship 2019
AIG Women’s Open
Venue: Royal Troon, Ayrshire Date: August 20-23
Coverage: Highlights on iPlayer at 20:30 BST and 23:45 on BBC Two, regular updates on BBC Radio 5 Live and live text coverage of Sunday’s final round from 13:30
Third-round leaderboard
-4 S Popov (Ger); -1 J Suwannapura (Tha); M Lee (Aus); Level A Ernst (US); +1 L Weaver (US), C Masson (Ger); +2 EK Pederson (Den), L Ko (NZ), K Gillman (US)
Selected others: +6 M Reid (Eng); +7 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng); +8 C Matthew (Sco), B Morgan (Wal); +9 B Law (Eng), S Meadow (NI); +10 G Hall (Eng); +14 F Johnson (Eng); +17 M Thomson (Sco);
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World number 304 Sophia Popov leads by three shots going into the final round of the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon.

Popov, 27, has never won a major but made an eagle and two birdies in a four-under 67 to secure a cushion over Minjee Lee and Thidapa Suwannapura.

Overnight leader Daniela Holmqvist, the only player under par after a day of strong winds and rain on Friday, fell out of contention after a six-over 77.

The leading Britons are England’s Mel Reid (+6) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (+7).

Reid, 32, carded a three-under 68 on another day of difficult scoring to share 26th while Ewart Shadoff is a shot further back at the Ayrshire links.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, the two-time major champion, continued her return to form with a 72 to sit six behind Popov and remain in with a chance of victory.

In 2015, aged 17, Ko – who squandered a five-shot lead with six holes to play at the Marathon Classic this month – became the youngest world number one but has not won a title since the 2018 Mediheal Championship.

Popov’s impressive bogey-free round included a 30-foot putt for birdie on the 17th to strengthen her position at the top of the leaderboard.

She only qualified for the Women’s Open with a top-10 finish at the Marathon Classic and last week was playing on the Symetra Tour, the feeder circuit for the LPGA Tour.

“I’m extremely happy. Four under and bogey-free is more than I could have hoped for,” the German told Sky Sports.

“I managed to not put myself in positions where I was freaking out. I was playing solid and that’s because I was very patient. The patience has been absolutely key this week and that’s probably what I’m most proud of.

“After the first two rounds I felt very comfortable out there. I know my game is in a good spot. I’d be lying if I said I’m not going to be super nervous tomorrow morning – the nerves are going to be there so I need to realise that and play with them.”

source: BBC sports/ golf

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