Park holds narrow lead

Park carded a third round of 71 on the Blackstone Course to finish 10 under par, a shot ahead of South Korean team-mate So Yeon-ryu who charged through the field with a superb 65.

The tournament comprises an individual professional competition, a team championship and an individual amateur tournament and South Korea have a 15-shot lead over nearest rivals Norway in the team event, having won by 28 shots last year.

China’s Lei Ye, who is just 13 years old, has effectively won the amateur prize as the only non-professional to make the cut.

England’s Holly Clyburn began the day just a shot behind Park but could only card a 74 to fall four off the pace.