Park leads several big names through 54 at Birkdale


Moving Day lived up to its billing at the Ricoh Women's British Open, with players heading both up and down the leaderboard in Round 3. South Korea's Inbee Park finds herself in a familiar spot, out in front and in prime position to win her fifth career major. Here’s how things stand after three rounds at Royal Birkdale:

Leaderboard:  Park (-4), Suzann Pettersen (-3), Shanshan Feng (-3), Sun-Ju Ahn, (-3), Amelia Lewis (-2), Julieta Granada (-2), Charlie Hull (-1), Stacy Lewis (-1), five others tied at 1 under.

What it means: Park, the reigning Rolex Player of the Year, seems to have regained the form that saw her take the first three majors of 2013. She will, however, be trying to hold off several competant challengers with major pedigrees on Sunday, including Lewis, who overtook her as world No. 1 earlier this year and sits only three behind.

Round of the day: English teenage sensation Charley Hull started the day at 5 over and looked completely out of contention after bogeys on her first two holes. But the 18-year-old rallied from there, making nine birdies the rest of the way against only one bogey on 17, turning in the best we've seen at Royal Birkdale this week, a sizzling 6-under 66 to get under par for the tournament and only three behind Park.

Best of the rest: World No. 4 Suzann Pettersen's 4-under 68 moved her to within one of the lead as she looks for her third major championship. Pettersen turned a decent round into a great one with a strong finish, eagling the par-5 17th hole and following that with a closing birdie.

Biggest disappointment: This is a tie between the 36-hole leader and the player who could've been the 54-hole leader if not for a two-stroke penalty on 18. Unhearalded American Mo Martin started Moving Day with a three-stroke lead, but quickly coughed it up with bogeys on her first two holes. The 99th ranked player in the world eventually carded a 5-over 77 and sits three off the lead. South Korea's Sun-Ju Ahn got in the clubhouse at 5 under, good enough for the lead heading into Sunday, until her bunker shot on her final hole was reviewed. Ahn was eventually given a two-stroke penalty for building a stance in a pot bunker left of the 18th green, turning her 69 into a 71. Now she sits one behind her countrywoman, Park.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Can Park hold off a field that includes major winners Pettersen, Feng and Lewis, not to mention Hull? Only time will tell, but we should be in for some Sunday fireworks at Royal Birkdale.