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Round 3 coverage
• Blackwolf runaway: Na Yeon Choi’s 7-under 65 was simply shocking considering there were only five under-par rounds on Saturday at the U.S. Women’s Open. Now, can the World No. 2 hold onto her six-shot lead? Story.
• Time of her life: A bit forgotten on tour, Nicole Castrale – healthy and with an 8-month-old in tow – is showing positive signs of what she deems a “comeback” at the U.S. Women’s Open. Story.
• Trial by fire: Lydia Ko, 15, was one of only three amateurs to survive the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open. Add it to a growing list of accomplishments for the young New Zealand player. Story.
• Practice makes perfect: Paula Creamer was frustrated with her putter after the first two rounds at the U.S. Women’s Open, but a long rehab session on the putting green helped her get back in contention. Story.
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Round 2 coverage
• In the game: Lexi Thompson, 17, didn’t have her “A-plus game,” but she was good enough to stay in the running at the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday. Story.
• Early leave: Morgan Pressel posted a 10 on the 14th hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and then called it quits, citing a thumb injury. Pressel injured her left thumb at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month. Story.
• In the lead: Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 to take the U.S. Women’s Open lead at 5 under, and Michelle Wie made a big move to get into contention Friday at Blackwolf Run. Story.
• Going low: Michelle Wie entered the U.S. Women’s Open in the worst stretch of her career. Then Friday’s 6-under 66 happened. Wie says she found “it” – but will “it” stick around? Story.
• Time for a breakthrough? It is no surprise that Vicky Hurst is in contention again, but a win at the U.S. Women’s Open would represent a first: A victory on the LPGA tour. Story.
• Support system: Yani Tseng, despite three wins in 2012, has been feeling down on herself after a run of bad rounds. But support from Orlando neighbor Annika Sorenstam has Tseng back smiling. Story.
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Round 1 coverage
• Tied on top: Americans Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas shot 3-under 69 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the U.S. Women’s Open. Story.
• Tough route: Lizette Salas ended Thursday at the U.S. Women’s Open with a share of the lead, but that is only part of the story for the up-and-coming Mexican star. Story.
• Young veteran: Lexi Thompson, 17, has been here before, and that could be dangerous for the rest of the U.S. Women’s Open field: Enough youth to take chances, but enough experience to know when to take them. Story.
• Notebook: Cindy LaCrosse stayed steady for 1-over 73, while fan-favorite Se Ri Pak used early birdies to her advantage at the U.S. Women’s Open. Story.
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• Going for distance: Angel Yin might be 13 and all of 5-foot-3, but it is another number that could help the youngster this week at the U.S. Women’s Open: An eye-opening 280 yards off the tee. Story.
• Divergent paths: Once upon a time, Stacy Lewis and Amanda Blumenherst were supposed to provide the next American rivalry. That hasn’t exactly happened. Story.
• Blackwolf bite: After the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open, returning to Blackwolf Run definitely struck fear in the hearts of the 2012 field. While some improvements might help scoring, expect Blackwolf to rear its head again. Story.
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• Playing for Joy: Melissa Reid is rebounding from tragedy at the U.S. Women’s Open. Story
• Notes: Last year’s U.S. Women’s Open was a turning point for So Yeon Ryu. Story
• Tradition: The water hazard to the right of Blackwolf Run’s 18th will stay wet instead of becoming a sand trap. Story
• Change in plans: A relaxing summer has taken a decidedly different turn for Stephanie Meadow. Story