Park stumbles down the stretch, opens with 69

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ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (AP) - Inbee Park began her pursuit of an unprecedented fourth straight major with a 3-under 69 on Thursday in the Women’s British Open.

For 10 holes, it looked as though Park would be tough to beat. After a ragged back nine, she was happy to break 70.

Park made five putts from 15 feet or longer in an amazing display with the putter. She made six birdies in 10 holes to get her name atop the leaderboard at St. Andrews. But the 25-year-old South Korean began missing fairways, and she took double bogey from a pot bunker in front of the 16th green.

Stacy Lewis, hopeful of being a spoiler this week, had five birdies on the back nine and was the clubhouse leader at 5-under 67.

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