Heading into the final day of play, it could be a two-woman race for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.
After coming out like gangbusters in the first two rounds, Michelle Wie came down to earth a bit on Saturday. Still, she is tied with Amy Yang at two-under par.
Wie's day started rough with a bogey on the first hole; it was the second straight day she began her round on the plus side. She had seemingly recovered and was coasting to another solid performance after birdies on the third, ninth and 10th holes, but she fell apart on the 11th, 12th and 14th.
A double bogey on the 11th and bogeys on the 12th and 14th sent her to two-over with four holes remaining. To her credit, she didn't let the train go completely off the tracks after this tough stretch, which had been a pattern for her in the past.
She held her composure and parred the remaining four holes.
This wasn't lost on Breitbart's Tony Lee:
If Wie can continue to hold it steady, she'll have a great shot at winning her first major. If not, we'll group this time in with her growing list of near misses.
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It was feast or famine for Yang on Saturday. Fortunately for her, she ate more than she starved. On the day, she had six birdies and four bogeys.
A turning point for her was a par save on the 14th hole. She had bogeyed the hole the previous two days. Breaking even on Saturday helped her maintain her rhythm and finish strong.
She gave a little of the momentum back with a bogey on the 18th hole, which dropped her into a tie for the lead with Wie, but Yang is still in good position going into Sunday's final round.
The 24-year-old has never won a major, but she's been very close a few times. Most notably, she was second at the U.S. Women's Open in 2012.
Could this be the year she gets it done? We'll find out on Sunday.
Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park
This year's tournament was originally viewed as an epic duel between Lewis and Park, but the two have found the going tough through three rounds.
Lewis is in the best shape of the two at four-over, but she's still a full six shots behind Yang and Wie. After a three-under 67 on Day 1, Lewis stumbled to a 73 and 74 on Friday and Saturday.
Before the tournament began, she made headlines with her comments about 11-year-old qualifier Lucy Li. Clearly, Lewis is not a fan of the youngster competing in one of the sport's biggest tournaments. Per Steve DiMeglio of USA Today, she said: "I'm not a big fan of it. She qualified, so we can't say anything about that. But I like to see kids be successful at every level before they come out here. I just like to see kids learn how to win before they come get beat up out here."
Li didn't make the cut after a plus-eight first round, but as it turns out, the 29-year-old Lewis has taken her lumps as well.
Park is the defending champion, but she hasn't played like it.
An opening round six-over 76 was a sign of things to come. Through three rounds, she is 10 over and tied for 37th overall. Sunday's round can't be much more than a glorified practice for her.
All she can hope to do is establish some momentum for her next event.
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