After three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton, N.Y., Inbee Park of South Korea holds a four-stroke lead over I.K. Kim. Park's one-under 71 was the only round under par on Saturday.
With another solid round of play, Park inched another step closer to winning three-fourths of the in-season Grand Slam.
The course was unkind to most competitors on Saturday, but Park played well enough to pace the field heading into the final day of play.
Here's a look at the leaderboard and a closer look at the day's action:
|3||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||+2||-3|
|T4||Angela Stanford ||+2||-1|
|T4||So Yeon Ryu||+1||-1|
Click here to see the entire leaderboard at LPGA.com.
Park Set Up to Finish Strong
Thanks to three straight bogeys on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes, Park came back to reality a bit. She rebounded with her second and third birdies of the day on 14 and 15 to regain control. If she is as good on Sunday as she was on Thursday and Friday, the record may fall.
Juli Inkster won U.S. Women's Open at Old Waverly at -16 in '99. Sherri Turner was 2nd at -11. Two best scores to par in event history.— Randall Mell (@RandallMellGC) June 29, 2013
Mell offered a funny excuse for Park's momentary lapse:
Going into the final day, it will take a great effort and a bit of a collapse for anyone to catch Park. The 2013 U.S. Women's Open is hers to lose.
Three bogeys in a row for Inbee Park now. Maybe she's getting bored. Park struggled bringing home win at Wegmans but still looked unfazed.— Randall Mell (@RandallMellGC) June 29, 2013
Jessica Korda Cans Her Caddie Mid-Round and Replaces Him with Her Boyfriend
Korda sent Gilroyed packing and subsequently replaced him with her boyfriend.
After argument, Jessica Korda fires caddie mid-round in US Open, puts her boyfriend Johnny DelPreti on the bag.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) June 29, 2013
I don't know if that's an impressive power move or an example of a spoiled athlete with no accountability. In any case, it seemed to work. Korda was one-under par the rest of the way.
Perhaps she should have made the move sooner.
Who has the best chance to catch Inbee Park?
Jodi Ewart-Shadoff played well throughout the day, but she'll need to be amazing on Sunday—and pray for some luck—to catch Park.
Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim was just two strokes back after two rounds, but an inconsistent day of play on Saturday caused her to lose ground.
So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford are major long shots, but they round out the players who are at least under par for the tournament.
Can anyone stop Park? We'll find out on Sunday.
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