SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — English teen Charley Hull finished the second round at the Women's British Open with a double bogey that left her 11 shots out of the lead, but not out of hope.
She followed with one of her best rounds ever and now has a shot at becoming the youngest female to win a major.
Hull, the 18-year-old who rose to fame last year as the youngest player in the Solheim Cup, made birdie on half of her holes Saturday for a 6-under 66 at Royal Birkdale, the best score of the tournament and enough for her to dream of winning a major.
She started in a tie for 51st. When the third round ended, Hull was tied for seventh, only three shots behind Inbee Park.
Picking a highlight was easy — a tee shot into the 18th fairway.
The previous two days, Hull had hit her tee shot some 60 yards out-of-bounds to the right. She thought about a 3-wood until her caddie suggested driver and Hull decided to just rip down the left side with a fade. That ultimately set up a simple up-and-down for birdie, putting her at 1-under 215.
Hull felt she had a chance even after her finish Friday — a tee shot out-of-bounds, another shot that stayed in bounds by a few inches, a penalty drop, chopping out of hay to the fairway and escaping with a double bogey by making a 7-foot putt. She called it the best 7 she has ever made.
"I said to my dad last night, 'I'm not out of this championship,'" Hull said. "I think someone was 10 shots behind off the lead."
That would be Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie in 1999, when Hull was 3.
"And that was in the final round, wasn't it?" she said. "I said to my dad, 'I can still win it if I have a good day tomorrow.' If the wind gets up tomorrow, even par could win it. Just thought I'd go out there and play well. You know, 66 is nice."
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