Inbee Park pulled within seven shots of the leader Na-Yeon Choi before high winds suspended yesterday’s third round of the Women’s British Open.
Play on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, was halted at 12:33 p.m. local time (7:33 a.m. New York) by gusts of up to 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour). After a 5 1/2-hour wait, tournament officials announced that golf would resume today at 6:15 a.m.
Park was 1-under par through four holes before the stoppage and is 3 under for the tournament. The South Korean is seeking to become the first golfer to win four major professional championships in a calendar year.
Choi leads at 10 under, one shot better than Japan’s Miki Saiki and two ahead of Morgan Pressel of the U.S. American Nicole Castrale, South Korea’s Jee-Young Lee and Denmark’s Suzann Pettersen are all 7 under. None of the leaders started the third round.
Park, who is tied for 20th place, is bidding for her fourth major title of 2013 after winning her second U.S. Women’s Open last month. She captured the LPGA Championship in June and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. The LPGA is adding the Evian Masters in September as a fifth major this year.
Babe Zaharias was the last woman to win the first three majors in a season, in 1950, five years before a fourth Grand Slam tournament was added. Pat Bradley, in 1986, was the last woman to win three major titles in a year.
Tiger Woods held all four men’s major titles at the same time by winning the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship in 2000 and adding the Masters Tournament the following year. Bobby Jones is the only golfer to win four majors in one calendar year, taking the U.S. and British opens and U.S. and British amateur championships in 1930.