Walters still leads at UK Championship at The Belfry

BIRMINGHAM, England — South African golfer Justin Walters doubled his lead to two strokes with a 3-under 69 in the third round of the U.K. Championship on the European Tour on Saturday.

Walters is 12 under par overall at The Belfry and has led after every round so far. He is chasing his first European Tour title after being runner-up three times.

“It would be huge (to win) there’s no lying about that. I’m 39 now, you wonder how many opportunities you will get going forward with all the youngsters coming through,” Walters said. “Maybe like a good red wine I’ll get better with age, but I don’t know, it would be nice to take advantage tomorrow.”

Walters made a perfect start at the first with a birdie from 20 feet, with five birdies in his round.

Benjamin Hebert of France (70) and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer of Germany (66) share second.

Germany’s Aline Krauter wins Women’s British Amateur

LIVERPOOL, England — In another win for German golf, Aline Krauter rallied from an early deficit to win the Women’s British Amateur on Saturday with a 1-up victory over Annabell Fuller at West Lancashire.

The victory came a week after Sophia Popov won the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.

Krauter, a 20-year-old who plays at Stanford, was 3 down through four holes of the 18-hole championship match. He won six of the next eight holes to build a 3-up lead. Fuller closed to the deficit to one hole with a birdie on the 17th, but Fuller could only match pars with Krauter on the final hole.

The victory gives Krauter a spot in the Women’s British Open next year at Carnoustie. The Women’s British Amateur champion typically gets a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open, the Evian Championship and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

It was the second time in three years a German won the Women’s British Amateur, with Leonie Harm winning in 2018.

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