Wie “steadies the ship” to hold on to share of overnight lead in U.S. Women’s Open
ROUND 3 WRAP-UP
The day started with promise . . . and maybe even a little destiny for overnight leader Michelle Wie. Starting with bogey on the par 4, 1st hole, Wie quickly turned it around and put it in cruise control, running away from the field at one point, posting a -6 under total for the tournament after 10 holes. However, as we know, Pinehurst No. 2 is a tough course, and big numbers lie in wait for all competitors. Wie found one of those big numbers, posting a double bogey, 6, on the par 4, 11th, to drop from -6 under to -4. It took a few holes for Wie to “steady the ship,” also dropping shots on holes 12 and 14, to fall to -2 under and out of the lead for the first time all day. Wie finished the day with a +2 over par score of 72, for a three-day total of -2 under par.
MOVERS & SHAKERS – HERE WE COME
With Wie coming back to the field, a number of golfers took advantage. South Korean Amy Yang, played the third round with an aggressive strategy, which led to a final score of -2 under, 68, but also with a round comprised of 6-birdies, 4-bogeys, and just 9-pars. Yang now shares the overnight lead with Wie in the clubhouse, with a total score of -2 under par for the tournament.
Serving notice to the field, the round of the day – and the tournament (so far) – was turned in by two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, Juli Inkster, the oldest player in the field at 53-years of age. In Saturday’s third round, Inkster shot a magnificent round of -4 under, 66 to move into a four-way tie for 3rd, with Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, and Australian Amateur Minjee Lee, who continues to impress.
Inkster, asked after the round, about the possibility of winning her third U.S. Women’s Open, said, “You can dream all you want, but the bottom line is you’ve got to come out and make the shots . . . so, tomorrow, I’ve got to come out and make the shots. And if I’m tied for the lead coming up 18, then maybe I’ll think about it.”
With only Michelle Wie and Amy Yang under par for the tournament, the 2014 U.S. Open just got a little more exciting. Juli Inkster’s round of 66, showed the field that low numbers are still out there at Pinehurst. Over par rounds by the leaders on the final day, and under par rounds by those chasing, could easily flip flop the leaderboard and surprise all of us. The final round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open should be a great one!
Will Michelle Wie win her first major at Pinehurst No. 2? That’s the question left to answer. Michelle Wie and Amy Yang tee of on #1 tomorrow at 1:35pm. TV coverage of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open begins at 3pm EDT on NBC. The full listing of Final Round Tee Times is below.
TOMORROW’S PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES *courtesy www.uswomensopen.com
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