LPGA Championship 2014: Day 3 Leaderboard Scores, Analysis, Reaction

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 16: Inbee Park of South Korea hits her tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club on August 16, 2014 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Moving day at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, at the 2014 LPGA Championship lived up to its name as the leaderboard took one last significant shuffle before Sunday's final round.

Brittany Lincicome was able to fend off the rest of the field and sits alone in the lead. She should in no way feel safe, though, as last year's winner, Inbee Park, and a red-hot Suzann Pettersen sit one shot back and have enough momentum to steal the show.

It was a rough day on the course all around, but the leaderboard is in no way ready to crown a winner just yet.

Let's take a look at the leaderboard to date as Sunday's final round nears, with a breakdown of the most notable results to boot.

 

Day 3 Leaderboard

Pos.GolferTo ParR1R2R3
1Brittany Lincicome-10676871
T2Suzann Pettersen-9716967
T2Inbee Park-9726669
4Mirim Lee-7697169
T5Gerina Piller-6726969
T5Meena Lee-6667371
T5Lydia Ko-6706971
T8Anna Nordqvist-5697369
T8Shanshan Feng-5687271
T8Jane Park-57069-
T11Tiffany Joh-4707270
LPGAScoring.com

The No. 3 player in the world continued her resurgent form Saturday, to say the least. Park shot two birdies on the front nine and two birdies and a bogey on the back end to rest at nine under and just one shot off the lead.

As GolfChannel.com's Randall Mell notes, both Park and Lincicome are scary names to have near the top because of their very different strengths:

For the astute readers, this also sets up one heck of a fascinating final day that should present a war of contrasting styles.

Lincicome had some wiggle room Saturday for error as she entered with a three-shot lead, and she needed it. She shot a bogey and two birdies on the front nine and a pair of bogeys and birdies on the back half despite once again surging off the tee for an average driving distance of 277.5 yards and connecting on 11 of 14 fairways.

PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 16: Brittany Lincicome hits her third shot on the third hole during the third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club on August 16, 2014 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Fans know that this was somewhat to be expected from Lincicome, though. Even she admitted before the third round that inconsistency had marred her recent performances.

"I feel like I've been doing a lot of really good things," Lincicome said, per The Associated Press, via USA Today. "I feel like I've been playing really well, driving it far, which is awesome. But it's just not coming together."

It is getting a bit suffocating at the top, though.

After a 71 and 69 on Thursday and Friday, respectively, Pettersen freed herself from the pack and shot a 67 on the day. Things looked drab at first thanks to a bogey on the par-three No. 1, but she then rattled off six straight birdies.

As Mell points out, Pettersen's recent results suggest she is due for a win, too:

It was not all good news for some of the more recognizable names Saturday.

Lexi Thompson, who was tied for the lead after Thursday and three shots behind after Friday, bogeyed her first two holes before recovering with a birdie on the par-five third. She then hit one birdie and two bogeys on the back nine and finished with a 74 on the day to sit six shots off the lead. 

Thompson's cohort at the top of the Day 1 leaderboard, Meena Lee, had an up-and-down day. Just when it seemed she was going to make a dash to the very top, an untimely bogey put her back. She finished the day with four birdies to three bogeys and rests just four shots back.

The good news is that Sunday's final round is anything but predictable, as one can glean from a glance at the leaderboard. Two players sit just a single shot off the lead, and one is three shots off. Three more are four off. As the wild three days so far have shown fans, any number of moves can happen to crown an unexpected leader by the time another 18 holes are complete.

In other words, don't miss out. There are individual storylines at stake—Park is the defending champ with plenty to lose—and even group storylines—Americans have not won each major in a season since 1992.

Sunday decides a lot outside of an overall winner.

 

Note: All statistics courtesy of LPGAScoring.com.

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