Inbee Park has long way to go for her fourth consecutive major title

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Inbee Park wanted tough conditions at St. Andrews to try to make up an eight-shot deficit in her pursuit of a fourth consecutive major title.

It turned out to be too tough for anyone.

The third round of the Women’s British Open was suspended Saturday by gusts that topped 40 mph and kept golf balls from staying put on the greens. After waiting six hours for the wind to calm, players were told to return this morning for a marathon finish.

Whether that becomes a huge break for the leaders – Na Yeon Choi at 10-under 134 was an hour away from teeing off – won’t be known until today.

Choi has a one-shot lead over Miki Saiki. Morgan Pressel is another shot behind.

Park, trying to become the first golfer to win four professional majors in the same calendar year, was 1- under through four holes on Saturday, leaving her seven shots off the lead.

Nine players who completed the third round had an average score of 78.2. Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko each had 75, the best of those who finished.

PGA TOUR: In Reno, Nev., Gary Woodland holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle and hit an approach shot from the fairway to 2 inches for one of his six birdies to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 37 points in the modified Stableford scoring system.

Brendan Steele vaulted into second place with 30 points.

David Mathis is third with 29, followed by second-round leader Andres Romero at 27, Charlie Wi at 25, Dicky Pride 24 and Rory Sabbatini 23.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Blaine, Minn., Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position for his second Champions Tour title, shooting 7-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Kite in the 3M Championship.

Pernice has a 13-under 131 total at TPC Twin Cities. The two-time PGA Tour winner had four consecutive birdies on the front nine.

Pernice, playing in the event for the first time, won the 2009 SAS Championship for his lone senior title.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Canons­­­burg, Pa., former Clemson golfer Ben Martin shot his second consecutive 4-under-par 67 to take a four-shot lead into today’s final round of the Mylan Classic.

Martin, who had a first-round 66, is at 13-under 200. Second-round leader Whee Kim had 73 on Saturday and is second, at 200.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner had 70 and is at 211.

LOCAL INTEREST IN RENO-TAHOE

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Total points 22

Points back 15

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Total points 19

Points back 18

NOTE: Reno-Tahoe Open uses modified Stableford scoring

* former resident


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