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Shibuno leads at Women's British Open

Hinako Shibuno's dream major debut continued at Women's British Open when she shot a five-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

The 20-year-old Shibuno, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who is making her LPGA Tour debut, birdied six of the final holes on Saturday to get to 14-under 202.

"It's definitely exceeding my expectations," said Shibuno, nicknamed Smiling Cinderella.

"I came in wanting to make the cut, so right now I feel like I'm doing something very incredible."

Overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai started with a three-shot lead at Woburn Golf Club and stretched it to five when Shibuno bogeyed the fifth and ninth holes.

"I was pretty upset after the three-putt bogey on the ninth," Shibuno said.

"But after the second shot on the 10th hole, I was able to bring myself back."

Buhai stumbled with three bogeys in five holes.

The 30-year-old South African had a third round 72 to drop to second at 12 under.

World No.2 Sung Hyun Park had a bogey-free 68 to be third at 11 under.

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko and Americans Morgan Pressel and Lizette Salas were tied for fourth on 10 under.

Ko (68) is seeking her third major title of the year after winning the Evian Championship last week in France and April's ANA Inspiration.

Pressel had a 66 and Salas shot 70.

Australian world No.4 Minjee Lee ended any realistic hopes of being in contention for a first major win after a level par round of 72 to leave her nine shots behind Shibuno in a tie for 18th.

Women's PGA Championship winner Hannah Green enjoyed her best round of the tournament, after only just making the cut on Friday, with a four-under par 68 to be four under in a group which includes defending champion Georgia Hall (74) of England.

Su Oh shot a third successive level par round with Sarah Kemp finishing with a disappointing three-over par 75 to slide back to one over.

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