Marie Kondo is one of Japan’s most famous exports, but the renowned lifestyle guru has nothing on her compatriot Hinako Shibuno. Kondo is all about doing those things that “spark joy”; well, the 20-year-old Shibuno sparks joy wherever she goes. Known back home as Smiling Cinderella in honour of her infectious good cheer, she’s warmed Woburn this week with her constant crowd interaction, giving the punters thumbs up, posing for selfies with kids, handing out signed gloves. She runs around replacing divots. Oh, and the golf’s not half bad either. Yesterday, after hitting a rough patch mid-round, she came back in 30 strokes. She drives straight and long, approaches with unerring accuracy, and makes her fair share of putts. And so, she leads the British Open by two. She’s doing all this on her major-championship debut. It’s the first time she’s played competitively outside Japan!

Perhaps she’ll lift the trophy today. Perhaps this will be the day that finally overwhelms her. Or perhaps she’ll simply be overtaken by a storming round from Ashleigh Buhai, who was leading by five at one point yesterday … or the world number one Ko Jin-young … or the world number two Park Sung-hyun … or Lizette Salas, a woman whose putt has won a Solheim Cup … or Carlota Ciganda, hoping to win Spain’s first major … or Morgan Pressel, hoping to win the USA’s first major this year … or Bronte Law, yet to make a bogey this week … or Charley Hull, playing on her home course. Whatever happens, we won’t be forgetting Hinako Shibuno, who has announced her talent to the world this week in style. It promises to be one heck of a fourth round. The joy-sparking begins here soon. It’s on!

This is what happened yesterday … in Ewan Murray’s report form, and in live Hole-by-Hole blog form.

Here’s the very top of the leaderboard

-14: Shibuno
-12: Buhai
-11: SH Park
-10: Pressel, JY Ko, Salas
-9: Ciganda, Hull, Law

And here are today’s tee times

8.30 Felicity Johnson (Eng), Gerina Piller (US)
8.40 Annabel Dimmock (Eng), Mariajo Uribe (Col)
8.50 Charlotte Thomas (Eng), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Eng)
9.00 Hur Mi-jung (Kor), Austin Ernst (US)
9.10 Linnea Strom (Swe), Sarah Schmelzel (US)
9.20 Sarah Kemp (Aus), Kim In-kyung (Kor)
9.30 Caroline Hedwall (Swe), Nicole Broch Larsen (Den)
9.40 Maria Torres (Pur), Lin Xiyu (Chn)
9.50 Momoko Ueda (Jpn), Cheyenne Knight (US)
10.05 Anne Van Dam (Ned), Azahara Munoz (Spa)
10.15 Su Oh (Aus), Jasmine Suwannapura (Tha)
10.25 Brittany Lang (US), Annie Park (US)
10.35 Angel Yin (US), Chun In Gee (Kor)
10.45 Brooke Henderson (Can), Megan Khang (US)
10.55 Lexi Thompson (US), Mirim Lee (Kor)
11.05 Yu Liu (Chn), Ayako Uehara (Jpn)
11.15 Karo Lampert (Ger), Minami Katsu (Jpn)
11.25 Pornanong Phatlum (Tha), Angela Stanford (US)
11.40 Danielle Kang (US), Olivia Cowan (Ger)
11.50 Ally Mcdonald (US), Yuka Yasuda -a- (Jpn)
12.00 Jessica Korda (US), Georgia Hall (Eng)
12.10 Kim Hyo-joo (Kor), Jenny Shin (Kor)
12.20 Teresa Lu (Tai), Hannah Green (Aus)
12.30 Nelly Korda (US), Marina Alex (US)
12.40 Minjee Lee (Aus), Jeongeun Lee (Kor)
12.50 Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha), Atthaya Thitikul -a- (Tha)
1.00 Kim Sei-young (Kor), Brittany Altomare (US)
1.15 Kristen Gillman (US), Celine Boutier (Fra)
1.25 Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha), Pavarisa Yoktuan (Tha)
1.35 Sakura Yokomine (Jpn), Caroline Masson (Ger)
1.45 Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Jeongeun Lee6 (Kor)
1.55 Jing Yan (Chn), Bronte Law (Eng)
2.05 Charley Hull (Eng), Carlota Ciganda (Spa)
2.15 Lizette Salas (US), Ko Jin-young (Kor)
2.25 Morgan Pressel (US), Park Sung-hyun (Kor)
2.35 Ashleigh Buhai (RSA), Hinako Shibuno (Jap)


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