Na Yeon Choi Takes Commanding Lead After 3rd Round Of 2012 US Women’s Open

Na Yeon Choi

The course at Blackwolf Run was said to challenge the best women golfers in the world at the 2012 United States Women’s Open, and so far it has. However, there are good scores to be had if a player gets on a roll. In round 2, Michelle Wie set a course record with a 6-under 66. That record lasted for all of 1 day as 5-time LPGA winner Na Yeon Choi caught fire with a 7-under 65, at times making it look easy. In fact, NYC was 7-under through the first 12 holes. The announcing crew was even wondering if Choi would make a run at Helen Alfredsson’s US Women’s Open low round record of 63 in 1994 at Indianwood, the site of this year’s US Senior Open. Of course, the jinx was immediately in effect as Na Yeon bogeyed 13, although she did get a stroke back with a birdie on the par 3 17th. NYC will sleep on a 6-shot lead at 8-under. With 1 round to play, it’s difficult to imagine anybody catching her unless she comes back to the field a little. NYC has spoken about how this US Women’s Open is especially important to Korean players like herself. It was at Blackwolf Run in 1998 that Se Ri Pak recorded the most important tournament victory in the golf history of her country. While winning any USWO is special, winning at Blackwolf Run would be an extra bonus for NYC. Oddly enough, she has a history of winning in Se Ri’s footsteps. Na Yeon has 5 LPGA victories. She won the 2009 Samsung World Championship, which Se Ri won in 1999. NYC won Hana Bank in 2009 and 2010. Se Ri won it in 2002, when it was the CJ Nine Bridges. Choi won the 2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Pak owns that event, winning it 5 times (1998, 1999,  2001, 2003, 2007). NYC’s other LPGA victory was at last year’s (2011) Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. OK, Se Ri hasn’t won that event yet, but she does share the record for low round with a 65 in the 3rd round last year.

NA YEON CHOI

AMY YANG

LEXI THOMPSON

MIKA MIYAZATO

SANDRA GAL

VICKY HURST

PAULA CREAMER

NICOLE CASTRALE

LIZETTE SALAS

INBEE PARK

CRISTIE KERR

SUZANN PETTERSEN

MICHELLE WIE

ANNIKA SORENSTAM (she was in the booth helping to call the action)

LYDIA KO

STACY LEWIS

SE RI PAK

AI MIYAZATO

GERINA PILLER

Pos Player Ctry Total Hole Today 1 2 3 4 Total
1 CHOI, Na Yeon -8 12:00 p.m. -7 71 72 65 208
2 YANG, Amy -2 12:00 p.m. -3 73 72 69 214
T3 THOMPSON, Lexi -1 11:50 a.m. E 70 73 72 215
T3 MIYAZATO, Mika -1 11:50 a.m. +1 71 71 73 215
T3 GAL, Sandra -1 11:40 a.m. +2 71 70 74 215
6 HURST, Vicky E 11:40 a.m. +3 71 70 75 216
T7 CREAMER, Paula +1 11:30 a.m. -1 73 73 71 217
T7 CASTRALE, Nicole +1 11:30 a.m. +2 73 70 74 217
T7 SALAS, Lizette +1 11:20 a.m. +3 69 73 75 217
T7 PARK, Inbee +1 11:20 a.m. +4 71 70 76 217
T7 KERR, Cristie +1 11:10 a.m. +5 69 71 77 217
T7 PETTERSEN, Suzann +1 11:10 a.m. +6 71 68 78 217
T13 SERGAS, Giulia +2 11:00 a.m. +1 74 71 73 218
T13 WIE, Michelle +2 11:00 a.m. +6 74 66 78 218
T15 FENG, Shanshan +3 10:50 a.m. -1 74 74 71 219
T15 KANG, Danielle +3 10:50 a.m. -1 78 70 71 219
T15 MUNOZ, Azahara +3 10:40 a.m. +1 73 73 73 219
T15 RYU, So Yeon +3 10:40 a.m. +2 74 71 74 219
T15 MIYAZATO, Ai +3 10:30 a.m. +3 70 74 75 219
T20 JANG, Jeong +4 10:30 a.m. +3 73 72 75 220
T20 WALSHE, Alison +4 10:20 a.m. +3 74 71 75 220
T20 KORDA, Jessica +4 10:20 a.m. +3 74 71 75 220
T20 YOKOMINE, Sakura +4 10:10 a.m. +3 75 70 75 220
T20 LEE, Il Hee +4 10:10 a.m. +5 72 71 77 220
T25 LACROSSE, Cindy +5 10:00 a.m. +2 73 74 74 221
T25 PAK, Se Ri +5 10:00 a.m. +4 72 73 76 221
T25 RECARI, Beatriz +5 9:50 a.m. +4 70 75 76 221
T25 PHATLUM, Pornanong +5 9:50 a.m. +4 76 69 76 221
T29 GULYANAMITTA, Numa +6 9:40 a.m. +1 73 76 73 222
T29 FUTCHER, Katie +6 9:40 a.m. +2 73 75 74 222
T29 JOHNSON, Jennifer +6 9:30 a.m. +4 76 70 76 222
T29 KANG, Jimin +6 9:30 a.m. +6 72 72 78 222
T33 LINCICOME, Brittany +7 9:20 a.m. +2 69 80 74 223
T33 HARIGAE, Mina +7 9:20 a.m. +3 77 71 75 223
T33 REID, Melissa +7 9:10 a.m. +3 79 69 75 223
T33 SHIN, Jenny +7 9:10 a.m. +4 76 71 76 223
T33 LEE, Jennie +7 9:00 a.m. +7 70 74 79 223
T38 LUNA, Diana +8 9:00 a.m. +4 76 72 76 224
T38 LANG, Brittany +8 8:50 a.m. +5 73 74 77 224
T38 TSENG, Yani +8 8:50 a.m. +6 74 72 78 224
T41 LEE, Meena +9 8:40 a.m. +4 71 78 76 225
T41 CIGANDA, Carlota +9 8:40 a.m. +5 76 72 77 225
T41 YOUNG, Heather Bowie +9 8:30 a.m. +5 75 73 77 225
T41 NORDQVIST, Anna +9 8:30 a.m. +7 72 74 79 225
T41 KO, Lydia (a) +9 8:20 a.m. +7 74 72 79 225
T41 SEO, Hee Kyung +9 8:20 a.m. +8 72 73 80 225
T41 PAK, Jinyoung +9 8:10 a.m. +8 73 72 80 225
T41 PILLER, Gerina +9 8:10 a.m. +9 73 71 81 225
T49 JUNG, Yeon Ju +10 8:00 a.m. +8 74 72 80 226
T49 LEWIS, Stacy +10 8:00 a.m. +8 77 69 80 226
T51 MCPHERSON, Kristy +11 7:50 a.m. +9 75 71 81 227
T51 STANFORD, Angela +11 7:50 a.m. +9 75 71 81 227
T51 SONG, Jennifer +11 7:40 a.m. +9 72 74 81 227
T54 LEE, Alison (a) +12 7:40 a.m. +7 75 74 79 228
T54 WEBB, Karrie +12 7:30 a.m. +9 75 72 81 228
T56 OH, Angela +13 7:30 a.m. +8 75 74 80 229
T56 TALLEY, Emma (a) +13 7:20 a.m. +9 73 75 81 229
T56 YOO, Sun Young +13 7:20 a.m. +9 76 72 81 229
T56 HULL, Katherine +13 7:10 a.m. +9 75 73 81 229
T60 KANE, Lorie +15 7:10 a.m. +10 76 73 82 231
T60 SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire +15 7:00 a.m. +10 73 76 82 231
T62 LEE, Jihee +16 7:00 a.m. +11 79 70 83 232
T62 MACKENZIE, Paige +16 6:50 a.m. +11 75 74 83 232
T62 KIM, Sue +16 6:50 a.m. +13 75 72 85 232
65 GUSTAFSON, Sophie +17 6:40 a.m. +12 77 72 84 233
Missed the Cut
KIM, I.K. Cut 74 76 150
BOELJON, Christel Cut 75 75 150
BURNETT, Katie Cut 72 78 150
WARD, Wendy Cut 72 78 150
TEACHMAN, Tessa Cut 75 75 150
KIM, Mindy Cut 72 78 150
KIM, Kyung (a) Cut 77 73 150
GRANADA, Julieta Cut 81 70 151
KUNG, Candie Cut 74 77 151
HAN, Hee Won Cut 77 74 151
TAMULIS, Kris Cut 76 75 151
HUR, Mi Jung Cut 80 71 151
MATTHEW, Catriona Cut 75 76 151
KIM, Christina Cut 75 77 152
LEE, Seon Hwa Cut 78 74 152
DO, Brianna Cut 74 78 152
STUPPLES, Karen Cut 76 76 152
UEDA, Momoko Cut 77 75 152
CLANTON, Cydney Cut 79 73 152
NOMURA, Haru Cut 75 77 152
BERNABE, Elisabeth (a) Cut 74 79 153
JACQUES, Kelly Cut 77 76 153
HJORTH, Maria Cut 77 76 153
WOODS, Cheyenne Cut 75 78 153
RANKIN, Reilley Cut 80 73 153
GLEASON, Jennifer Cut 73 80 153
GREEN, Jaye Marie (a) Cut 75 78 153
PARK, Hee Young Cut 74 79 153
CHEN, Doris (a) Cut 76 77 153
ALTOMARE, Brittany (a) Cut 78 76 154
O’SULLIVAN, Hannah (a) Cut 76 78 154
AYADA, Hiroko Cut 76 78 154
TANCO, Victoria Cut 81 73 154
SUH, Jenny Cut 75 79 154
JI, Eun-Hee Cut 76 78 154
JOH, Tiffany Cut 75 79 154
PARK, Jisoo (a) Cut 76 78 154
CHOI, Chella Cut 81 73 154
DOMINGUEZ, Gabriella (a) Cut 80 74 154
MORENO, Paola Cut 77 78 155
GULBIS, Natalie Cut 76 79 155
PERRY, Katherine (a) Cut 74 81 155
SHON, Kelly (a) Cut 78 77 155
KHANG, Megan (a) Cut 75 80 155
FELIBERT, Veronica Cut 79 76 155
BEISIEGEL, Isabelle Cut 81 74 155
PANCAKE, Brooke Cut 79 76 155
MARTIN, Mo Cut 78 77 155
NAKAYAMA, Mina Cut 78 77 155
WILSON, Haley Cut 78 78 156
HULLETT, Jamie Cut 78 78 156
MOZO, Belen Cut 76 80 156
PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy Cut 76 80 156
JUTANUGARN, Moriya (a) Cut 80 77 157
O’TOOLE, Ryann Cut 75 82 157
BLUMENHERST, Amanda Cut 75 82 157
MORGAN, Becky Cut 81 76 157
HEDWALL, Caroline Cut 77 80 157
BAE, Kyeong Cut 78 79 157
SIM, Hyun Hwa Cut 81 76 157
KIM, Birdie Cut 81 77 158
BRISTOW, Cathryn Cut 83 75 158
KEEL, Jisoo (a) Cut 81 77 158
LOPEZ, Gabriela (a) Cut 80 78 158
YANG, Soo Jin Cut 77 82 159
LEE, Mi Hyang Cut 74 86 160
WEAVER, Lindsey (a) Cut 79 81 160
PACE, Lee-Anne Cut 78 83 161
INKSTER, Juli Cut 79 82 161
ALVAREZ, Lili Cut 84 77 161
NEFF, Aimee Cut 81 80 161
BABA, Yukari Cut 78 83 161
GRIMES, Lisa Cut 83 78 161
MEADOW, Stephanie (a) Cut 77 84 161
HUFFER, Becca Cut 79 82 161
AUBERT, Shannon (a) Cut 82 79 161
HARRIS, Katy Cut 82 80 162
HURST, Pat Cut 81 81 162
PULLEY, Kylene Cut 81 81 162
ARMSTRONG, Ashley (a) Cut 80 82 162
HUNG, Amy Cut 82 81 163
MEIER, Christine (a) Cut 80 84 164
ALVAREZ, Anya Sarai Cut 82 82 164
YIN, Angel (a) Cut 78 87 165
PARK, Annie (a) Cut 81 84 165
MAO, Briana (a) Cut 85 81 166
MARKS, Samantha S. (a) Cut 87 79 166
RAH, Jane Cut 80 88 168
MITSUNAGA, Rinko (a) Cut 87 81 168
STOLL, Gigi (a) Cut 86 84 170
WD PRESSEL, Morgan 74 74

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