Michelle Wie, Amy Yang Tied For Lead After Third Round Of 2014 US Women’s Open

Amy Yang (click to enlarge)

Michelle Wie and Amy Yang both stand 18 challenging holes away from a career defining victory. Amy has been a runner-up before at the US Women’s Open. A player that reminds many of South Korean pioneer Se Ri Pak, Yang might duplicate one of her idol’s accomplishments. It was Se Ri’s 1998 US Women’s Open win that inspired a nation. Amy would surely love to become the 4th straight South Korean to capture the trophy at the toughest test in women’s golf. Yang was on a roller coaster through her first 7 holes with 4 birdies and 3 bogeys. She setteled down from 8 to 17, dropping in 2 birdies. She would have held the overnight lead were it not for a missed par putt on 18 that dropped her back to 2-under both for her round and overall through 3 rounds.

Michelle Wie (click to enlarge)

Michelle took a different route to 2-under. Starting her day at 4-under, Wie bogeyed her first hole. She bounced back strongly on 3, 9 and 10 with birdies before things went a bit sideways. And by sideways, I mean that both figuratively and literally. She missed way left off the tee on 11 into the trees. She ended up leaving the 11th green with a double bogey. Perhaps she had the pull left from 11 on her mind when she pushed her tee shot on 12 way right. She left the 12th green with a bogey. Her putting, solid for the first 2 1/2 rounds was starting to let her down as well. After another bogey on 14, Michelle went from a commanding 6-under on the 11th tee to 2-under on the 15th tee. To her credit, she never appeared shaken or agitated when things were not going her way. She kept a great demeanor and stopped the bleeding by parring the final 4 holes. The bottom line is she’s still tied for the lead. Nobody was expected to shoot in the 60s all 4 rounds of a US Women’s Open and nobody will. All that matters is who holds the trophy at the end. It certainly could be Michelle.

 

Lexi Thompson (click to enlarge)

While Michelle was able to put the brakes on when things started to look out of control, two other American contenders might have skidded out of contention. Starting at 1-under, Lexi Thompson birdied 2 of her first 5 holes to reach 3-under and trail Wie by a mere 1 shot. Then the 8th hole happened. Thompson missed her approach on the par 4 8th in the worst place possible, far left off the green in a spot 7 feet below the hole. She tried to chip and run up the hill to the green but didn’t get it to the top. The ball rolled back down the hill. It was the start of the end. She would go on to double bogey the hole. She couldn’t hold the green on 9 with the ball resting off a tv tower marking line. Honestly, she really didn’t need to take relief but she chose to do so in a drop zone. The problem was her drop landed in a divot which caused her shot to jump in the air directly off contact when she was trying to putt it up a hill. Yet another double bogey. She was able to get 1 shot back with a birdie on 10, but then had 4 bogeys in 6 holes from 11 through 16. She ended her day with a 4-over 74 (par is 70 here) and 3-over for the tournament. Also shooting 4-over 74 was Stacy Lewis. Stacy just couldn’t buy a putt today. Good putts lipped out. Bad putts…well, bad putts are just bad putts. Anything is possible in golf, but at 4-over, 6 shots in back of Wie and Yang with a lot of golfers in-between…it’s tough to see Stacy pulling this one out. Ditto for Lexi at 3-over.

 

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T1 MICHELLE WIE (-2)

T1 AMY YANG (-2)

T3 JULI INKSTER (+2)

T3 MINJEE LEE (+2)

T3 NA YEON CHOI (+2)

T3 STEPHANIE MEADOW (+2)

T7 SAKURA YOKOMINE (+3)

T7 KARRIE WEBB (+3)

T7 LEXI THOMPSON (+3)

 

 

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
T1 Amy Yang 71 69 68 1:35 pm -2 F -2 208
T1 Michelle Wie 68 68 72 1:35 pm +2 F -2 208
T3 Juli Inkster 71 75 66 1:24 pm -4 F +2 212
T3 Stephanie Meadow 71 72 69 1:24 pm -1 F +2 212
T3 Na Yeon Choi 71 70 71 1:13 pm +1 F +2 212
T3 Minjee Lee 69 71 72 1:13 pm +2 F +2 212
T7 Pornanong Phatlum 71 73 69 1:02 pm -1 F +3 213
T7 So Yeon Ryu 69 74 70 1:02 pm E F +3 213
T7 Karrie Webb 70 73 70 12:51 pm E F +3 213
T7 Sakura Yokomine 74 68 71 12:51 pm +1 F +3 213
T7 Lexi Thompson 71 68 74 12:40 pm +4 F +3 213
T12 Chella Choi 75 70 69 12:40 pm -1 F +4 214
T12 Paula Creamer 70 72 72 12:29 pm +2 F +4 214
T12 Stacy Lewis 67 73 74 12:29 pm +4 F +4 214
T15 Hee Young Park 73 73 69 12:18 pm -1 F +5 215
T15 Meena Lee 72 73 70 12:18 pm E F +5 215
T15 Yueer Cindy Feng 73 71 71 12:07 pm +1 F +5 215
T18 Brittany Lincicome 77 70 69 12:07 pm -1 F +6 216
T18 Brooke Henderson 71 73 72 11:56 am +2 F +6 216
T20 Brittany Lang 73 75 69 11:56 am -1 F +7 217
T20 Shanshan Feng 77 70 70 11:45 am E F +7 217
T20 Jenny Shin 74 70 73 11:45 am +3 F +7 217
T23 Lydia Ko 76 71 71 11:34 am +1 F +8 218
T23 Azahara Munoz 73 71 74 11:34 am +4 F +8 218
T23 Mariajo Uribe 72 70 76 11:23 am +6 F +8 218
T26 Ha Na Jang 76 73 70 11:23 am E F +9 219
T26 Karine Icher 76 72 71 11:12 am +1 F +9 219
T26 Sei-Young Kim 72 75 72 11:12 am +2 F +9 219
T26 Beatriz Recari 73 74 72 11:01 am +2 F +9 219
T26 Sandra Gal 74 72 73 11:01 am +3 F +9 219
T26 Jee Young Lee 73 73 73 10:50 am +3 F +9 219
T26 Misuzu Narita 76 70 73 10:50 am +3 F +9 219
T26 Se Ri Pak 76 69 74 10:39 am +4 F +9 219
T26 Mina Harigae 71 74 74 10:28 am +4 F +9 219
T26 Katherine Kirk 69 76 74 10:39 am +4 F +9 219
T26 Catriona Matthew 75 69 75 10:28 am +5 F +9 219
T37 Inbee Park 76 71 73 10:17 am +3 F +10 220
T37 Caroline Masson 72 75 73 10:17 am +3 F +10 220
T37 Julieta Granada 75 71 74 10:06 am +4 F +10 220
T37 I.K. Kim 71 74 75 10:06 am +5 F +10 220
T37 Angela Stanford 71 72 77 9:55 am +7 F +10 220
T42 Jennifer Johnson 75 74 72 9:55 am +2 F +11 221
T42 Caroline Hedwall 73 76 72 9:44 am +2 F +11 221
T42 Haeji Kang 74 75 72 9:44 am +2 F +11 221
T42 Hee Kyung Bae 77 71 73 9:33 am +3 F +11 221
T42 Rikako Morita 73 75 73 9:33 am +3 F +11 221
T42 Belen Mozo 78 70 73 9:22 am +3 F +11 221
T42 Eun-Hee Ji 71 75 75 9:22 am +5 F +11 221
T49 Pernilla Lindberg 72 77 73 9:11 am +3 F +12 222
T49 Lee-Anne Pace 76 73 73 9:11 am +3 F +12 222
T49 Ashley Knoll 75 74 73 9:00 am +3 F +12 222
T49 Yani Tseng 77 71 74 9:00 am +4 F +12 222
T49 Candie Kung 71 76 75 8:49 am +5 F +12 222
T49 Laura Diaz 75 72 75 8:49 am +5 F +12 222
T49 Danielle Kang 75 71 76 8:38 am +6 F +12 222
T56 Moriya Jutanugarn 72 77 74 8:38 am +4 F +13 223
T56 Giulia Sergas 77 72 74 8:27 am +4 F +13 223
T56 Jennifer Song 74 72 77 8:27 am +7 F +13 223
T56 Sue Kim 71 73 79 8:16 am +9 F +13 223
T60 Sandra Changkija 76 73 75 8:16 am +5 F +14 224
T60 So-Young Jang 75 72 77 8:05 am +7 F +14 224
T60 Mathilda Cappeliez 76 70 78 8:05 am +8 F +14 224
T60 Gerina Piller 72 72 80 7:54 am +10 F +14 224
T64 Nikki Campbell 74 75 76 7:54 am +6 F +15 225
T64 Chisato Hashimoto 73 76 76 7:43 am +6 F +15 225
T64 Carlota Ciganda 75 72 78 7:32 am +8 F +15 225
T64 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 76 71 78 7:43 am +8 F +15 225
T68 Ilhee Lee 73 76 77 7:32 am +7 F +16 226
T68 Andrea Lee 79 70 77 7:21 am +7 F +16 226
T68 Dori Carter 72 77 77 7:21 am +7 F +16 226
T68 Emma Talley 75 73 78 7:10 am +8 F +16 226
T72 Katie Burnett 76 74 MC MC 150
T72 Jacqui Concolino 77 73 MC MC 150
T72 Cristie Kerr 76 74 MC MC 150
T72 Stephanie Na 74 76 MC MC 150
T72 Kris Tamulis 73 77 MC MC 150
T72 Alison Walshe 78 72 MC MC 150
T72 Ayaka Watanabe 78 72 MC MC 150
T79 Chie Arimura 76 75 MC MC 151
T79 Holly Clyburn 79 72 MC MC 151
T79 Maria Hernandez 72 79 MC MC 151
T79 Jessica Korda 79 72 MC MC 151
T79 Tzu-Chi Lin 77 74 MC MC 151
T79 Anna Nordqvist 73 78 MC MC 151
T79 Sadena Parks 76 75 MC MC 151
T79 Dewi Claire Schreefel 72 79 MC MC 151
T79 Ashleigh Simon 77 74 MC MC 151
T88 Rebecca Artis 71 81 MC MC 152
T88 Christel Boeljon 71 81 MC MC 152
T88 Nicole Castrale 76 76 MC MC 152
T88 Paula Hurtado 76 76 MC MC 152
T88 Birdie Kim 79 73 MC MC 152
T88 Suzann Pettersen 78 74 MC MC 152
T88 Morgan Pressel 77 75 MC MC 152
T88 Ayako Uehara 76 76 MC MC 152
T88 Jessica Wallace 74 78 MC MC 152
T88 Yumiko Yoshida 79 73 MC MC 152
T98 Lala Anai 78 75 MC MC 153
T98 Karlin Beck 78 75 MC MC 153
T98 Amy Boulden 75 78 MC MC 153
T98 Celine Boutier 77 76 MC MC 153
T98 Eri Joma 80 73 MC MC 153
T98 Ai Miyazato 77 76 MC MC 153
T98 Catherine O’Donnell 78 75 MC MC 153
T98 Cheyenne Woods 78 75 MC MC 153
T106 Yoo Lim Choi 76 78 MC MC 154
T106 Janie Jackson 81 73 MC MC 154
T106 Megan Khang 75 79 MC MC 154
T106 Lisa McCloskey 77 77 MC MC 154
T106 Jennifer Rosales 78 76 MC MC 154
T106 Carleigh Silvers 74 80 MC MC 154
T106 Sarah Jane Smith 76 78 MC MC 154
T106 Marissa Steen 73 81 MC MC 154
T106 Sun Young Yoo 76 78 MC MC 154
T115 Nicole Garcia 78 77 MC MC 155
T115 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 78 77 MC MC 155
T115 Ally McDonald 78 77 MC MC 155
T115 Gwladys Nocera 80 75 MC MC 155
T115 Kelly Tan 76 79 MC MC 155
T120 Narangyi Bae 79 77 MC MC 156
T120 Marissa Chow 76 80 MC MC 156
T120 Laura Davies 82 74 MC MC 156
T120 Brianna Do 80 76 MC MC 156
T120 Natalie Gulbis 79 77 MC MC 156
T120 Rebecca Hudson 79 77 MC MC 156
T120 Lucy Li 78 78 MC MC 156
T120 Teresa Lu 75 81 MC MC 156
T120 Brooke Pancake 75 81 MC MC 156
T120 Kathleen Scavo 83 73 MC MC 156
T120 Elizabeth Tong 76 80 MC MC 156
T131 Jaye Marie Green 77 80 MC MC 157
T131 Wei-Ling Hsu 81 76 MC MC 157
T131 Madison Kerley 78 79 MC MC 157
T131 Paige Lee 73 84 MC MC 157
T131 Kristy McPherson 80 77 MC MC 157
T131 Mika Miyazato 81 76 MC MC 157
T131 Erica Popson 79 78 MC MC 157
T131 Caroline Powers 76 81 MC MC 157
T139 Samantha Gotcher 76 82 MC MC 158
T139 Sierra Sims 79 79 MC MC 158
T141 Jordan Ferriera 81 78 MC MC 159
T141 Stacey Keating 84 75 MC MC 159
T141 Yuting Shi 80 79 MC MC 159
T141 Bailey Tardy 81 78 MC MC 159
T141 Lucy Williams 83 76 MC MC 159
T146 Jasi Acharya 85 75 MC MC 160
T146 Irene Coe 81 79 MC MC 160
T146 Mo Martin 86 74 MC MC 160
149 Jessica Porvasnik 79 82 MC MC 161
150 Hannah Pietila 81 83 MC MC 164
151 Emily Penttila 84 82 MC MC 166
152 Marta Silva 82 85 MC MC 167
153 Kelsey MacDonald 86 82 MC MC 168
154 Xyra Suyetsugu 88 83 MC MC 171
155 Jane Park 75 WD WD WD 75
156 Lizette Salas 78 WD WD WD 78

 

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