Golf·Women's British Open

Dream debut continues as Japan's Shibuno takes over lead

Hinako Shibuno's dream debut continued Saturday as she fired a 5-under 67 to seize a two-shot lead going into the final round at the Women's British Open.

20-year-old LPGA rookie cards 6 birdies in final 9 holes

Japan's Hinako Shibuno reacts after she birdies the 18th during the third round of the Women's British Open on Saturday. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Hinako Shibuno's dream debut continued Saturday as she fired a 5-under 67 to seize a two-shot lead going into the final round at the Women's British Open.

The 20-year-old Shibuno, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who is making her LPGA Tour and major championship debut, hit six birdies in the final nine holes of the third round for a 14-under 202.

WATCH | Shibuno's big third round puts her in Women's British Open driver's seat:

Hinako Shibuno shot a 5-under 67 to take a two stroke lead, as she looks to become only the second Japanese golfer to win a major title. 1:32

Overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai (72) started with a three-shot lead at Woburn Golf Club and stretched it to five as Shibuno had bogeys on Nos. 5 and 9. But with Sung Hyun Park also closing in, Buhai stumbled with three bogeys in five holes. The 30-year-old South African, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, dropped to second at 12 under.

Second-ranked Park was a shot further back in third after a bogey-free 68.

Canada's Brooke Henderson stumbled to a plus-two 74 third round. The Smiths Falls, Ont., native is tied for 37th, 12 strokes back of the lead.

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