If the leaderboard after the third round is any indication, the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland, is in for a thrilling finale on Sunday.
Twelve players are within four shots of the lead, but Céline Boutier and Lydia pace the field on 15 after 54 holes in the week before the final women’s major championship of the season.
Ko, who fired 65 consecutive rounds to open the tournament, scored 1-under 71 on Saturday and was her highlight of the day on the 18th. His approach shot landed just behind the hole before turning back and nearly falling for the eagle. The ball settled a few feet out of the hole, and he tapped into the birdie to close his round on a high note. After not recording a bogey in the first two rounds, Ko made three of his four birdies on Saturday.
Boutier, however, was brilliant. She dropped out at 5-under 31, including three straight birdies at No. 5, 6 and 7. Boutier also made birdies in the third and ninth holes. In the last nine, he’s had one birdie and one bogey, but it was good enough to convert him into a tie going first for Sunday.
Maud-Amy LeBlanc, who was tied for the day’s bottom round at 6-under 66, is one of two players to have a shot back in the tie for third. LeBlanc also dropped out at 5-under 31 and birdied both par 5s on the last nine to vault the leaderboard. Leonie Harm shot at 5-under 67 and moved to under 14 for the tournament tied with LeBlanc.
Harm, 24, is looking for the first win of his career. The German, who turned professional in 2020, has shot round 67-68-67 this week.
Eun-Hee Ji and Lilia Vu are tied in fifth place at 13 under. The two played with Ko in the final pair, shooting 2 under and 1 under respectively.
Ko is looking for his first win since March, while Boutier has not won since October 2021.
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