Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson Tied For Lead After 3rd Round Of 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Michelle Wie (click to enlarge)

If you are fan of American LPGA players, you probably hope this week’s 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship follows the early season tour pattern. American Jessica Korda won the season opener, followed by tournament victories by Karrie Webb and Anna Nordqvist. Then American Paula Creamer won, followed once again by Karrie Webb and Anna Nordqvist wins. So if the trend continues, an American should take home the trophy in the LPGA’s first Major of the year. Lo and behold, after round 3 there are two Americans tied for the lead at 10-under, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson. Not only are these young players, and thus very promising for immediate and future success of United States professional women’s golf, but all four (Korda, Creamer, Wie and Thompson) are 2013 Solheim Cup members. Hmmmm…let’s see, young, talented, fit, successful, popular, attractive, American…gee…you’d think with all that going for them they could get on a Golf Digest cover. But then again…

Se Ri Pak (click to enlarge)

And yet…with my heart so very much wanting to see Michelle or Lexi win their first Major, I wouldn’t be the diehard LPGA fan that I am today were it not for two players, Grace Park and the woman tied for 3rd place going into the final round, Se Ri Pak. For the record, I never liked the idea of 5 Majors, so were Se Ri to win KNC and take the Poppie’s Pond plunge, I would consider her to have achieved the career Grand Slam. She’s within striking range at 8-under. My only concern on the final day is whether she presses and ultimately comes unhinged due to self-imposed stress. She has said that the Kraft Nabisco Championship is the tournament she wants the most. The danger is wanting it too much. Pak has company at 8-under in the person of Charley Hull. The 18-year old Englishwoman, whose 6-under 66 was the low round of the day, won on the Ladies European Tour last month, so she has the skill and will to close a professional tournament.

 

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TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD

T1 MICHELLE WIE (-10)

T1 LEXI THOMPSON (-10)

T3 SE RI PAK (-8)

T3 CHARLEY HULL (-8)

T5 CRISTIE KERR (-6)

T5 CATRIONA MATTHEW (-6)

T7 CHELLA CHOI (-5)

T7 SHANSHAN FENG (-5)

 

…AND SELECTED IMAGES FROM THE REST OF THE FIELD

T70 AI MIYAZATO (+8)

T57 PAULA CREAMER (+4)

T9 GERINA PILLER (-4)

T19 BROOKE HENDERSON (-1)

T19 MORGAN PRESSEL (-1)

18 ANNA NORDQVIST (-2)

Pos Start
Start
Proj
Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
T1 T1 15 6 USA
-10 2:01 PM 67 71 68 206
T1 T1 12 5 USA
-10 2:01 PM 73 64 69 206
T3 T3 T126 32 ENG
-8 1:52 PM 73 69 66 208
T3 T3 27 16 KOR
-8 1:52 PM 67 70 71 208
T5 T5 30 23 SCT
-6 1:43 PM 72 68 70 210
T5 T5 25 19 USA
-6 1:43 PM 69 70 71 210
T7 T7 8 8 KOR
-5 1:34 PM 70 72 69 211
T7 T7 35 30 CHN
-5 1:34 PM 66 73 72 211
T9 T9 29 25 USA
-4 1:25 PM 74 69 69 212
T9 T9 4 4 USA
-4 1:25 PM 73 70 69 212
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T9 T9 13 13 USA
-4 1:08 PM 77 65 70 212
T9 T9 5 7 ESP
-4 1:08 PM 72 70 70 212
T9 T9 T126 61 KOR
-4 12:59 PM 69 73 70 212
T9 T9 14 14 KOR
-4 12:59 PM 68 73 71 212
T15 T15 T126 T81 KOR
-3 12:50 PM 71 75 67 213
T15 T15 1 1 AUS
-3 12:50 PM 73 70 70 213
T15 T15 16 17 KOR
-3 12:41 PM 71 72 70 213
18 18 2 2 SWE
-2 12:41 PM 71 69 74 214
T19 T19 CAN
-1 12:32 PM 77 68 70 215
T19 T19 56 T43 USA
-1 12:32 PM 70 75 70 215
T19 T19 28 28 KOR
-1 12:23 PM 72 72 71 215
T19 T19 T64 49 KOR
-1 12:23 PM 70 74 71 215
T19 T19 T78 54 USA
-1 12:14 PM 74 69 72 215
T19 T19 19 20 KOR
-1 12:14 PM 72 71 72 215
T19 T19 60 48 USA
-1 12:05 PM 73 68 74 215
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T19 T19 11 15 USA
-1 12:05 PM 70 70 75 215
T27 T27 38 34 THA
E 11:48 AM 74 74 68 216
T27 T27 24 26 KOR
E 11:48 AM 74 73 69 216
T27 T27 51 42 SWE
E 11:39 AM 73 74 69 216
T27 T27 T41 37 KOR
E 11:39 AM 72 72 72 216
T27 T27 17 18 THA
E 11:30 AM 71 73 72 216
T27 T27 AUS
E 11:30 AM 75 68 73 216
T27 T27 6 9 NZL
E 11:21 AM 73 70 73 216
T34 T34 75 58 KOR
+1 11:21 AM 78 69 70 217
T34 T34 20 22 KOR
+1 11:12 AM 74 73 70 217
T34 T34 101 T70 USA
+1 11:12 AM 73 74 70 217
T34 T34 34 33 KOR
+1 11:03 AM 74 72 71 217
T34 T34 7 10 USA
+1 11:03 AM 73 73 71 217
T34 T34 T126 T99 KOR
+1 10:54 AM 73 73 71 217
T34 T34 T41 38 DEU
+1 10:54 AM 73 72 72 217
T34 T34 T45 41 THA
+1 10:45 AM 73 72 72 217
T34 T34 99 T67 USA
+1 10:45 AM 71 74 72 217
T34 T34 9 11 KOR
+1 10:36 AM 74 70 73 217
T34 T34 21 24 KOR
+1 10:36 AM 70 72 75 217
T45 T45 T53 52 COL
+2 10:27 AM 72 72 74 218
T45 T45 T94 76 USA
+2 10:27 AM 71 73 74 218
T47 T47 T126 T108 USA
+3 10:18 AM 75 74 70 219
T47 T47 18 21 FRA
+3 10:18 AM 75 72 72 219
T47 T47 89 T72 KOR
+3 10:09 AM 74 73 72 219
T47 T47 T45 T45 ITA
+3 10:09 AM 73 74 72 219
T47 T47 47 47 ENG
+3 10:00 AM 76 70 73 219
T47 T47 T126 T108 USA
+3 10:00 AM 76 70 73 219
T47 T47 USA
+3 9:43 AM 73 73 73 219
T47 T47 T126 T108 KOR
+3 9:43 AM 76 69 74 219
T47 T47 T126 T108 PHL
+3 9:34 AM 69 74 76 219
T47 T47 23 27 DEU
+3 9:34 AM 72 70 77 219
T57 T57 3 3 USA
+4 9:25 AM 72 74 74 220
T57 T57 59 59 TPE
+4 9:25 AM 74 70 76 220
T59 T59 AUS
+5 9:16 AM 74 74 73 221
T59 T59 T126 T123 KOR
+5 9:16 AM 75 70 76 221
T59 T59 36 40 SWE
+5 9:07 AM 71 74 76 221
T59 T59 71 T67 ESP
+5 9:07 AM 73 69 79 221
T63 T63 T73 T74 USA
+6 8:58 AM 76 73 73 222
T63 T63 39 T45 JPN
+6 8:58 AM 75 72 75 222
T63 T63 USA
+6 8:49 AM 68 79 75 222
T63 T63 T126 128 JPN
+6 8:49 AM 75 70 77 222
T67 T67 62 66 KOR
+7 8:40 AM 75 73 75 223
T67 T67 32 T35 KOR
+7 8:40 AM 74 74 75 223
T67 T67 58 64 NLD
+7 8:31 AM 73 72 78 223
T70 T70 40 50 NLD
+8 8:31 AM 75 74 75 224
T70 T70 66 T74 JPN
+8 8:22 AM 77 71 76 224
T72 T72 49 56 USA
+9 8:22 AM 77 72 76 225
T72 T72 50 57 USA
+9 8:13 AM 76 72 77 225
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT T109 T117 ZAF
+6 79 71 150
CUT 48 55 USA
+6 77 73 150
CUT 122 132 USA
+6 77 73 150
CUT T69 T79 THA
+6 77 73 150
CUT 43 51 JPN
+6 76 74 150
CUT 55 63 USA
+6 74 76 150
CUT 44 53 USA
+6 74 76 150
CUT 10 12 USA
+6 73 77 150
CUT T119 T129 COL
+7 81 70 151
CUT T73 83 AUS
+7 80 71 151
CUT 26 31 PRY
+7 78 73 151
CUT T126 T139 SWE
+7 78 73 151
CUT 63 T70 KOR
+7 78 73 151
CUT USA
+7 78 73 151
CUT T106 T114 KOR
+7 77 74 151
CUT 57 65 DNK
+7 76 75 151
CUT 33 39 TPE
+7 75 76 151
CUT 72 T81 JPN
+7 74 77 151
CUT T69 T79 CAN
+8 80 72 152
CUT T126 T139 KOR
+8 79 73 152
CUT T126 T139 USA
+8 77 75 152
CUT T126 T139 USA
+8 76 76 152
CUT 52 60 KOR
+8 76 76 152
CUT 61 69 USA
+9 78 75 153
CUT T91 T97 AUS
+9 78 75 153
CUT 121 131 USA
+9 75 78 153
CUT T126 T139 JPN
+10 78 76 154
CUT USA
+10 76 78 154
CUT 37 T43 USA
+11 78 77 155
CUT USA
+11 77 78 155
CUT T126 T139 USA
+12 79 77 156
CUT 31 T35 USA
+12 76 80 156
CUT USA
+13 81 76 157
CUT T126 T139 SWE
+13 76 81 157
CUT T126 T139 KOR
+14 78 80 158
CUT T97 T103 ESP
+15 81 78 159
CUT T126 T139 USA
+18 81 81 162
CUT T117 T126 USA
+19 80 83 163

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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