Kim In-kyung has opened up a six-shot lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open ©Getty Images

Kim In-kyung moved within touching distance of a maiden major title after opening a six-shot lead going into the final round of the Women’s British Open.

The South Korean, whose previous best finish at a major was second at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco, now known as the ANA Inspiration, and the 2013 US Women’s Open, shot a round of 66 today at Kingsbarns in Fife, Scotland.

She now sits on 17-under-par for the tournament and is well ahead of England’s Georgia Hall and Thailand’s Moriya Junatugarn, the sister of the defending champion Ariya.

Kim has shot 199 so far in the competition, taking one shot off last year’s winner’s 54-hole record at the major.

Her second-place finish in 2012 came after she missed a one-foot putt to win it before going onto lose a playoff against compatriot Yoo Sun-young.

Georgia Hall is in a tie for second going into the final round ©Getty Images
Georgia Hall is in a tie for second going into the final round ©Getty Images

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Kim said she appreciates that she has a prime chance to get rid of a bad memory.

“I think I’m finally able to let go of that and that’s why I’m playing so well,” she said.

“Now, I just want to enjoy tonight then whatever happens tomorrow, I’ll take.”

Another South Korean who had a good day was Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medallist Inbee Park as she shot a round of 64 to move from two-under to 10-under.

This has put her in a tie for fourth place with Ally McDonald of the US going into the final round.