Natalie Gulbis, Pornanong Phatlum and Gerina Piller Share Lead After Third Round Of 2013 CME Group Titleholders

Natalie Gulbis (click to enlarge)

With one round left to play in the LPGA season, a trio of leaders bring divergent storylines to a possible 2013 CME Group Titleholders victory. Natalie Gulbis remains a fan favorite. She is one of the most recognizable LPGA athletes, giving of her time to promote the tour. In short, she is a great ambassador for the sport. However, it has been 6 years since her lone official LPGA win at the 2007 Evian Masters. A huge cheer would resound through the LPGA fan ranks should she deliver a victory on Sunday.

Gerina Piller (click to enlarge)

Another American looking to capture the trophy is co-leader Gerina Piller. The 2013 American Solheim Cup member has worked very hard to put herself in position for her first professional win. A four year standout at the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), Gerina turned pro the year Natalie won her only event, 2007. Since then she has paid her dues on the Futures Tour (now Symetra Tour), earning her way onto the LPGA and elevating her play to Solheim Cup status. There have been no shortcuts. Nobody handed Gerina anything. It’s always nice to see a player like her finally have that breakthrough victory.

Pornanong Phatlum (click to enlarge)

Rounding out the triumvirate atop the leaderboard at 11-under is Pornanong Phatlum. If you’ve read my blog over a period of time, little needs to be said about how much I’d love to see Waen seize her first official LPGA win (to go with her unofficial victory at the 2012 HSBC Brazil Cup). She knows how to win, as evidenced by her 8 professional wins, including 1 Ladies European Tour triumph. But getting that first official LPGA win is something of a higher order. Waen has teased us with great rounds before. This time, she shares a lead with only 18 holes to play. We will see who among the leaders can hold their nerves and play with focus and calm.

Stacy Lewis (click to enlarge)

The leaders better not become preoccupied with watching one another, for on their heels is a quartet of LPGA champions 2 shots back; Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Shanshan Feng and 36-hole leader Sandra Gal. Any one of them is a threat to come from behind and claim victory. Beyond those four, Michelle Wie, Azahara Munoz, Cristie Kerr, Sun Young Yoo and 2013 Player of the Year Inbee Park are all within striking distance. This is a pretty good set-up for the final round of the the LPGA calendar.

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GERINA PILLER

PORNANONG PHATLUM

NATALIE GULBIS

LYDIA KO

MICHELLE WIE

SANDRA GAL

SUN YOUNG YOO

CRISTIE KERR

STACY LEWIS

STACY PRAMMANASUDH

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
T1 T9 USA
-11 F -7 70 70 65 205
T1 T3 USA
-11 F -5 71 67 67 205
T1 T3 THA
-11 F -5 70 68 67 205
T4 T33 USA
-9 F -9 71 73 63 207
T4 T9 CHN
-9 F -5 66 74 67 207
T4 T9 USA
-9 F -5 66 74 67 207
T4 1 DEU
-9 F +2 64 69 74 207
8 T23 USA
-8 F -6 72 70 66 208
T9 T9 ESP
-7 F -3 72 68 69 209
T9 T9 KOR
-7 F -3 68 72 69 209
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T9 T3 USA
-7 F -1 69 69 71 209
T9 2 KOR
-7 F +1 68 68 73 209
T13 T15 KOR
-6 F -3 73 68 69 210
T13 T15 KOR
-6 F -3 70 71 69 210
T13 T9 USA
-6 F -2 71 69 70 210
T16 T26 JPN
-5 F -4 70 73 68 211
T16 T15 KOR
-5 F -2 69 72 70 211
T16 T15 USA
-5 F -2 67 74 70 211
T16 T6 KOR
-5 F E 69 70 72 211
T20 T26 USA
-4 F -3 74 69 69 212
T20 T26 AUS
-4 F -3 70 73 69 212
T20 T15 KOR
-4 F -1 71 70 71 212
T20 T15 JPN
-4 F -1 69 72 71 212
24 T6 USA
-3 F +2 71 68 74 213
T25 T36 USA
-2 F -3 69 76 69 214
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T25 T36 USA
-2 F -3 68 77 69 214
T25 T33 USA
-2 F -2 68 76 70 214
T25 T23 NZL
-2 F E 71 71 72 214
T25 T6 SWE
-2 F +3 66 73 75 214
T30 T43 USA
-1 F -3 74 72 69 215
T30 T43 KOR
-1 F -3 69 77 69 215
T30 T36 KOR
-1 F -2 71 74 70 215
T30 T33 NOR
-1 F -1 72 72 71 215
T30 T15 USA
-1 F +2 69 72 74 215
T35 T43 KOR
E F -2 72 74 70 216
T35 T36 KOR
E F -1 73 72 71 216
T35 T23 THA
E F +2 70 72 74 216
T35 T15 CAN
E F +3 65 76 75 216
T39 T46 SWE
+2 F -1 72 75 71 218
T39 T26 USA
+2 F +3 71 72 75 218
T39 T26 SCT
+2 F +3 70 73 75 218
T39 T26 FRA
+2 F +3 69 74 75 218
T43 T54 KOR
+3 F -1 75 73 71 219
T43 T46 ESP
+3 F E 72 75 72 219
T45 T56 NLD
+4 F -1 68 81 71 220
T45 T54 SWE
+4 F E 74 74 72 220
T45 T46 USA
+4 F +1 74 73 73 220
T45 T46 USA
+4 F +1 68 79 73 220
T45 T36 TPE
+4 F +3 71 74 75 220
T45 T36 USA
+4 F +3 71 74 75 220
T45 T26 USA
+4 F +5 69 74 77 220
T52 62 AUS
+5 F -2 73 78 70 221
T52 T58 JPN
+5 F -1 73 77 71 221
T52 T46 USA
+5 F +2 73 74 74 221
T52 T46 JPN
+5 F +2 69 78 74 221
T52 T36 ENG
+5 F +4 72 73 76 221
T57 T56 ESP
+6 F +1 72 77 73 222
T57 T46 KOR
+6 F +3 73 74 75 222
59 T46 KOR
+7 F +4 74 73 76 223
T60 T63 KOR
+8 F E 74 78 72 224
T60 T58 KOR
+8 F +2 75 75 74 224
T60 T58 USA
+8 F +2 74 76 74 224
63 T58 KOR
+9 F +3 77 73 75 225
64 T65 DEU
+10 F +1 77 76 73 226
T65 68 USA
+13 F +2 73 82 74 229
T65 T63 COL
+13 F +5 74 78 77 229
T67 69 USA
+14 F +1 76 81 73 230
T67 T65 USA
+14 F +5 72 81 77 230
69 67 USA
+15 F +5 81 73 77 231

2 thoughts on “Natalie Gulbis, Pornanong Phatlum and Gerina Piller Share Lead After Third Round Of 2013 CME Group Titleholders

    • Natalie is easy to root for…I didn’t want to answer earlier for fear of jinxing her…as it turned out, maybe a little jinx would have done some good…I don’t care who it is, I never want to see a final round like that from anybody

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