Australia’s Minjee Lee is in a three-way tie for fifth place after the third round of the Women’s British Open at Turnberry.
She shot 70 on Saturday to tie on 211 with New Zealander and world No.2 Lydia Ko (72) and top-ranked Inbee Park (69), who is chasing victory to complete a career Grand Slam.
They are three shots behind 20-year-old Jin-Young Ko of South Korea, who is the surprise of the tournament and is tied for first with Teresa Lu of Taiwan.
The pair shot 3-under 69s on Saturday and both are chasing a first major title.
Second-round leader Suzann Pettersen is a stroke behind their 8-under total of 208 after shooting 72 on a day of changeable weather on the Ailsa links.
Mika Miyazato of Japan shot 70 to lie on her own in fourth place.
Australian great Karrie Webb missed the cut in the second round on Friday.
As well as Lee, two other Australians made the cut and played on Saturday, Stacey Keating shooting 73 to tie for 33rd and Su-Hyun Oh shooting 79 to tie for 71st.
The South Korean Ko is playing in her first major, has never played links golf, and has hired a temporary caddie for the event. They met for the first time on Tuesday.
He is locally born, 27-year-old digital advertiser Jeff Brighton.
Ko is taking advice from Brighton on every stroke, and hasn’t been adapting her usual game for the links despite the wind and rain that has lashed the Ailsa course.
“I give her a number and a line and she just hits it,” Brighton said after the round. “We’re working well. She trusts my numbers.”
Park, who has been acting as a mentor for Jin-Young Ko in her compatriot’s start to her career, is bidding to complete a career Grand Slam.
“Having somewhat of a chance on the last day is just a great opportunity,” said Park, who would be the sixth woman to sweep the majors. “You just keep cracking and someday it’s going to crack.”
Jin-Young Ko bogeyed No.16 after missing the green with her approach from the middle of the fairway, the only poor shot in her round.
“I feel nothing, not even nervous or anything,” said Ko, who has won four events on the Korean tour and played only one event on the US LPGA Tour, in South Korea, where she finished tied for 42nd at the 2014 KEB HanaBank Championship.
The 30th-ranked Lu rolled a birdie putt just wide on the 18th hole that would have given her the outright lead.
“I have to try to stay relaxed,” Lu said, “because it’s going to be a tough day tomorrow.”
Rain is forecast all Sunday.