In-Kyung Kim fires stunning 63 to claim big lead at European Masters
Last Updated: 05/07/14 9:38pm
In-Kyung Kim stormed into a four-shot lead at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters after a firing a stunning nine-under 63 in the third round.
The South Korean blitzed The Buckinghamshire course for nine birdies in a flawless effort that earned her a commanding four-shot lead over amateur sensation Minjee Lee.
Kim had started the day four strokes adrift of halfway leader Sarah Kemp, but she made early inroads with birdies at the second, sixth and seventh holes in an outward 33.
But the 26-year-old then surged to the top of the leaderboard with a remarkable run of five birdies in six holes, and she picked up another at the 17th before a solid par capped a back-nine 30.
World No 1 amateur Lee will go out in the final group with Kim on Sunday after also keeping a bogey off her card in a five-birdie 67.
Lee said: “It was pretty stress free and no bogeys and I gave myself a lot of opportunities. I missed a couple and made some. I can improve on it so I’m looking forward to it tomorrow."
Despite scoring being lower than the previous two rounds, Kemp was unable to take advantage of the benign conditions as she struggled to a 72 to remain at nine under par.
The Australian shares third with American Amelia Lewis, who returned an error-free 68, while Solheim Cup star Caroline Masson is a further shot back after an impressive 66.
The German reeled off four consecutive birdies on the back nine, although a bogey at the 17th saw her slip to eight under alongside Nikki Campbell.
Star-attraction Charley Hull bounced back from an erratic opening two days with an encouraging five-birdie 68, but the teenager will go into the final 18 holes 10 shots off the pace.
“I putted better today. I spent three hours on the green after my round yesterday to get it working so it was feeling good,” Hull said.
Seven-time major winner and defending champion Karrie Webb carded a second straight 70 to reach three under, while Cheyenne Woods will also be playing for pride on Sunday after closing on level par after a 71.