Popov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British Open

first_img FOLLOW US 3 weeks ago British holidaymakers in France react to quarantine LIVE TV Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 23rd August, 2020 14:11 IST WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 14:11 IST Popov Takes 3-shot Lead Into Final Round Of British Open Her ranking close to No. 400, Sophia Popov was pushing a trolley for her best friend at an LPGA Tour event in the United States three weeks agocenter_img Written By COMMENT 3 weeks ago British Government imposes 14-day quarantine for returnees from France, Netherlands 2 weeks ago Kang the form player heading into Women’s British Open 2 weeks ago Croatia, British tourists regret quarantine move Her ranking close to No. 400, Sophia Popov was pushing a trolley for her best friend at an LPGA Tour event in the United States three weeks ago.On Sunday, she’ll take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open.Popov set up what could be a life-changing day on the links of Royal Troon in southwest Scotland by shooting a bogey-free, 4-under 67 that tied the low score of the third round on Saturday.The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two, after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under.Popov only qualified for the British Open courtesy of a top-10 finish two weeks ago at the Marathon Classic, which she was playing only because higher-ranked players couldn’t attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. Last week, she was playing on the second-tier Symetra Tour in Phoenix last week, tying for second, as she looks to regain her playing status on the LPGA Tour that she lost  by one stroke  at Q-School last season.She has been the epitome of consistency at Troon and steered largely clear of trouble on Saturday to score the first bogey-free round of this tournament on a day when the wind relented somewhat, leading to the lowest scores of the week.Popov made eagle at the par-5 fourth hole after hitting driver from the fairway to within 8 feet, and added birdies at Nos. 12 and 17. Also key was a long par putt at No. 11 that maintained her momentum.If she holds her nerve on Sunday, she will become the first female major winner from Germany.”Now it’s just me vs, pressure and shot-making in the right moments,” said Popov, who is now ranked No. 304 and is playing her first British Open since 2011.”There are going to be a lot of nerves tomorrow,” she added. “It’s a position I have never been in, so we will have to see how it goes and play one shot at a time.” At No. 138 in the world, Suwannapura would be another unlikely winner though her chances were hit by bogeying the last. She will also rue missing a short par putt at No. 15 for the only other bogey in her round.The eighth-ranked Lee is the most high-profile of the three main contenders and is also looking for her first major title.In a three-way tie for fourth  five strokes behind Popov  is her fellow German player Caroline Masson, who shot 68. Americans Lindsey Weaver (71) and Austin Ernst (72) were also on 1 over for the tournament. Image credits: AP 2 weeks ago Meghan Markle picks up a British accent after spending two years in UKlast_img

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