TURNBERRY, Scotland – Lydia Ko didn’t let a double bogey at day’s start derail her chances to win her first major championship.
Ko fought her way to an even-par 72 Saturday at Trump Turnberry to give herself a chance to overtake Teresa Lu and the other Ko on the leaderboard at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ko is three behind Lu and Jin-Young Ko. The Kos are no relation.
Lydia Ko begins Sunday with a chance to make history. If she can win, she’ll become the youngest winner of a major championship in the history of women’s golf. At 18 years, 3 months and 9 days old she would surpass Morgan Pressel (18-10-9) as the youngest winner.
Ko’s third round started ominously. She knocked her approach into a pot bunker left of the first green. With her ball sitting near the corner of the bunker, she was forced into an awkward stance with her feet outside the bunker, to swing from an extreme squatting position. She slashed at the ball, only to see it hit the face of the bunker and roll back into the sand. She barely got her fourth shot out and two putted for double bogey.
“I didn't start off well,” Ko said. “I doubled straight off the bat, but I tried my best to kind of scramble away, make some birdies. I made two silly bogeys on 12 and 13, which kind of got to me a little bit. But I finished making two birdies out of the last four holes, and I've just got to continue that positive attitude to tomorrow.”