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Scotland's Catriona Matthew takes a five shot lead on 13 under par, halfway through the third round of the 1 million Weetabix Women's British Open at Sunningdale GC in Berkshire.

Three players share second spot on eight under, England's Lora Fairclough, compatriot Trish Johnson and South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim, with World number
one Karrie Webb and Scotland's Janice Moodie one shot further back on seven under.

Matthew reached four under par for the day after nine holes, thanks to birdies at the first and seventh and an eagle two at the par four ninth, her third eagle in three days, yet none of them at a par five.

The 31-year-old from North Berwick carded her first eagle of the event on the final hole on Thursday, holing a 149-yard seven iron for her two under par 70. And yesterday, she fired a hole-in-one at the 215-yard par three 15th, hitting a seven wood.

This time, a driver off the tee at the reachable par four ninth, rested twenty feet away and she calmly rolled the putt in to create a comfortable cushion.

Johnson birdied the first hole and added ten straight pars. But it was Fairclough who made the best effort before heavy rain appeared once again.

Fairclough began the day at three under par and set out in solid fashion, carding birdies at the second and third to turn in 34, lobbing in three more at the 10th, 11th and 14th to move into contention for her first win on Tour since the 1998 German Open.

The Chorley based player closed with a five under par 67, taking her to eight under, five shots back.

Webb, who arrived late for her preparation to this event, after playing in a made-for-TV special with Tiger Woods, David Duval and Annika Sorenstam has overcome her jet lag to move into contention for her third straight major

The 26-year-old from Queensland carded a disappointing opening round of 74,
but fought back yesterday with a five under par 67.

And through seventeen holes of her third round, the best player in the women's game is four under par thanks to five birdies and a solitary bogey at the fifth hole.

Moodie, from Glasgow is struggling to make any headway as she reached the
turn in level par 36 with two bogeys offsetting two birdies, adding a par at the 10th.

But the news is good for the home crowd as five British players out of the top ten are gunning to become the first home winner since Penny Grice-Whittaker lifted the title in 1991, with England's best amateur Rebecca Hudson at five under par total after 17 holes.


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