Michelle Wie arrived at Pinehurst No. 2 on Saturday with a three-shot lead, but will leave tied with Amy Yang for the 54-hole lead. Wie and Yang are the only players under par at 2 under.
Yang, of South Korea, shot a 2-under 68 to move into a tie with the 36-hole leader. Wie followed her consecutive 68s with a 2-over 72 in the third round, where she went 4 over in four holes on Nos. 11-14.
Four players – Juli Inkster, Stephanie Meadow, Na Yeon Choi and amateur Minjee Lee – are tied for third at 2 over.
See how it unfolded in our U.S. Women’s Open Tracker:
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Update #21: 5:40 p.m. ET
Lexi Thompson drops in a right to left breaking putt for a birdie to end the day. She finishes her round with a 4-over 74 and tied for seventh.
Michelle Wie has a good look at birdie, but it doesn’t find the bottom of the cup at the 18th. She’ll go into the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open tied for the lead with Amy Yang at 2 under for the tournament.
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Update #20: 5:32 p.m. ET
Amy Yang completes her third round with a 2-under 68 as she bogeyed her final hole of the day. Michelle Wie has the 18th left to play before we crown a 54-hole leader.
Minjee also bogeyed the 18th hole dropping her into a tie for third with Juli Inkster (66), Stephanie Meadow (69), and Na Yeon Choi (71) at 2 over par.
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Update #19: 5:14 p.m. ET
Amateur Minjee Lee knocks it stiff on No. 17 for a tap in birdie. The 18-year-old breaks out of the 2 over pack on the leaderboard and is now in solo third. Lee, from Australia, already holds a USGA title – the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. She is currently No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
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Update #18: 5:06 p.m. ET
A nice par save on the par-4 16th from a greenside bunker keeps Amy Yang on top of the U.S Women’s Open leaderboard. Michelle Wie, playing in a final group of the day and behind Yang, missed her birdie opportunity at the 15th.
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Update #17: 5:01 p.m. ET
Recent Alabama graduate Stephanie Meadow shot a 1-under 69 during Saturday’s third round. She currently is 2 over for the tournament and tied for fourth in her first event as a professional. Just two week ago, Meadow was representing Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup in St. Louis.
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Update #16: 4:54 p.m. ET
The wheels are starting to come off for Michelle Wie. Just four holes ago, she had it to 6 under for the tournament. Instead she goes double-bogey, bogey, par and bogey to fall to 2 under. It’s Amy Yang sitting alone at the top of the leaderboard at 3 under.
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Update #15: 4:28 p.m. ET
The last two holes have not helped Michelle Wie. She misses a 20 footer for par at the par-4 12th, where she is now tied for the lead with Amy Yang at 3 under for the tournament. Wie and Yang are the only players under par for the tournament.
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Update #14: 4:13 p.m. ET
After a wayward drive at the 11th, Michelle Wie makes double bogey and drops to 4 under for the tournament. With birdies on Nos. 10 and 12, Amy Yang takes it to 3 under overall – just one back of Wie.
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Update #13: 3:56 p.m. ET
With a two-putt birdie from 4 feet at the par-5 10th, Michelle Wie takes a four-shot lead over Amy Yang, who is 2 under in her third round. Lexi Thompson missed her makeable eagle attempt, but tapped in for birdie.
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Update #12: 3:37 p.m. ET
Lexi Thompson drops two more shots, notching a second straight double bogey at the par-3 ninth. She’s now 1 over for the tournament. She’s now six shots back of Michelle Wie, who birdied the hole to move to 5 under.
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Update #11: 3:24 p.m. ET
Lexi Thompson double-bogeys the par-4 eighth hole to fall back to 1 under, three shots behind Michelle Wie. The double was Thompson’s first of the tournament.
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Update #10: 3 p.m. ET
Stephanie Meadow continues to gain ground on Michelle Wie as she birdies the 10th to move to 1 under, three shots back of Wie.
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Update #9: 2:48 p.m. ET
Former Alabama standout Stephanie Meadow made four birdies on her front nine to shoot 3-under 32. She’s now solo fourth at even par, four shots back of leader Michelle Wie, who is through six holes.
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Update #8: 2:38 p.m. ET
Michelle Wie pars the par-5 fifth, opening the door for Lexi Thompson, who birdies to move to 3 under, just one shot back of Wie.
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Update #7: 2:17 p.m. ET
Lexi Thompson birdies the par-4 third hole for the second straight day to move to 2 under. Michelle Wie also birdie the third hole to move back to 4 under.
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Update #6: 1:58 p.m. ET
Michelle Wie bogeys her opening hole to drop to 3 over. Lexi Thompson makes par and she’s now tied with Amy Yang for second at 1 under, two shots back.
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Update #5: 1:40 p.m. ET
Here’s some good info via the USGA:
Pinehurst No. 2 is playing the shortest that it has in three rounds, at 6,270 yards. The greens are running at an average of 12.5 feet on the stimpmeter.
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Update #4: 1:31 p.m. ET
Amateur Minjee Lee of Australia bogeys her opening hole to drop to 1 over for the tournament. Lee is trying to become the first amateur to win the USWO since Catherine Lacoste did it in 1967. Lacoste is the only amateur to ever win the USWO.
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Update #3: 1:14 p.m. ET
Juli Inkster birdies the par-4 12th to move to 2 over for the tournament. She’s now T-7 and six shots back of leader Michelle Wie, who tees off in 10 minutes.
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Update #2: 12:38 p.m. ET
With six groups yet to tee off or complete the opening hole, there are just three players under par for the day – Juli Inkster (2 under through 9 holes, 4 over overall), Brittany Lang (2 under through 17 holes, 6 over overall) and Shanshan Feng (1 under through 12 holes, 6 over overall).
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Update #1: 12:16 p.m. ET
There’s a little more than an hour left until the final group of Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson tees off. But already we’re seeing some movement near the top of the leaderboard.
Juli Inkster, the 53-year-old two-time U.S. Women’s Open winner making her 35th USWO start, is 2 under through eight holes today. She’s now tied for 14th at 4 over.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – One week ago at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer popped the drama balloon so early that by Sunday we were left wondering not who, but by how much. Blowouts in this game are rarely fun. The second act of this double feature, however, has been superb. Michelle Wie had walked inside the ropes with Jessica Korda during the final round of the men’s event, and when she looked up at the grandstands on the 18th, she got chills. “It really just got me pumped up for Sunday,” Wie said.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie’s putter is hotter than the temperature in the Sand Hills of North Carolina. And in case you were wondering, it is pizza-oven hot here. Wie rolled in birdie putts at her final two holes at Pinehurst No. 2 en route to a second straight 68 and a 36-hole total of 4-under 136 at the U.S. Women’s Open. More than any club in the bag, Wie’s putter has held her back from achieving the greatness predicted for her.
Call her a prodigy. Call her a wunderkind. Call her a phenom. Most of all, call her 11 years old. Lucy Li turned the age calendar on its head with consecutive rounds of 78 in the U.S. Women’s Open. Afterward, she talked openly about the experience, engaging in grownup conversation with journalists and fans who seemed to forget they were conversing with a person not old enough to be called a teenager. Let her be a girl, please.
Michelle Wie trailed by one shot entering Friday’s second round of the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Now, after a second-round 2-under 68, Wie leads by three shots. Lexi Thompson, the only other player under par, is solo second at 1 under while first-round leader Stacy Lewis shot 73 to fall back into a tie for third at even par. Here’s how it all unfolded Friday at Pinehurst No. 2:
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What’s more impressive: The No. 1 player in the world posts a bogey-free 67 to lead the U.S. Women’s Open, or an 11-year-old ice cream-wielding Lucy Li breaks 80 on Donald Ross’ demanding No. 2? Tough call, but the two have been inextricably linked after Lewis questioned earlier in the week whether someone so young should be making headlines on the biggest stage in the women’s game.
PINEHURST, N.C. – It should come as no surprise that the girl who once wanted to play with the boys is near the top of the leaderboard at Pinehurst No. 2, where the U.S. Open was held a week ago. On another hot and steamy day in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Michelle Wie carded five birdies en route to a round of 2-under 68 at the U.S. Women’s Open, just one stroke off the pace set by World No. 1 Stacy Lewis.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis posted a 67 early Thursday and didn’t look back, but Michelle Wie got within a stroke late by birdieing her last hole of the day.But plenty of other notables, from Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson to Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, took to Pinehurst No. 2 with mixed results. Here are 5 Things to know Thursday’s first round in Pinehurst.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Kid, sporting cute little ponytails, clad in red, white and blue sparkling stars and stripes and appearing as if she just stepped out of an old Norman Rockwell painting, can flat-out play. If you were worried for the overall well-being of Lucy Li, the precocious 11-year-old amateur from California who is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history, worry no more. Yes, she’s 11, and yes, she has yet to start sixth grade, and yes, she’s not even old enough to try her hand at an AJGA event.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Here are three things I love about the Lucy Li phenomenon: 1. This 11-year-old girl uses the exact same iron head as the 29-year-old U.S. Open champion,Martin Kaymer. 2. She may be the only player in the field who paid for her golf equipment. 3. Li’s caddie, Bryan Bush, is available by request at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort or Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colo. Bush is a professional caddie who each year spends eight months in Pinehurst and four months in Aspen.
Stacy Lewis’ 3-under 67 Thursday morning earned the early lead at Pinehurst No. 2 in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open – then watched it hold up as challengers including Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr took aim. Recap Thursday afternoon’s highlights right here.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence. The players can feel what it means. Michelle Wie, a winner on the LPGA tour this year and the No. 11 player in the Rolex Rankings, arrived here Sunday with two dozen of her female golfing colleagues to take in the scene at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 Course
Stacy Lewis enters this week’s U.S. Women’s Open sitting atop the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index – a spot she has occupied since last November. Lewis has put up some impressive numbers since the beginning of the 2013. In her last 40 starts she has 31 top-10 finishes and 17 inside the top five. However, one of her worst finishes using that time frame is last year U.S. Women’s Open where she tied for 42nd. Let’s look at the full field and their Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Paula Creamer’s penchant for pink led Casey Wittenberg, her former classmate at the David Leadbetter Academy and now a Web.com Tour pro, to label her the “Pink Panther” when she was 14. Four days before her high school graduation in 2005, Creamer won the first of her 10 LPGA Tour titles at the Sybase Classic. For the past decade, she has been America’s sweetheart of the golf links. Now she is engaged, and making her 12th U.S. Women’s Open start.
PINEHURST, N.C. – When Karrie Webb made her U.S. Women’s Open debut at Pine Needles in 1996, the LPGA rookie immediately fell in love with the place. “For me, Pine Needles was U.S. Open golf,” Webb said. The Aussie won the 2000 USWO at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., and returned to Pine Needles in ’01 and successfully defended her title. The women returned to Peggy Kirk Bell’s sanctuary once more in 2007, making this the fourth time in Webb’s 19-year Women’s Open career that she will tee it up in the historic area.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Too much information? Not during these two weeks of national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. The goal has been to measure everything and leave nothing to chance. That way, the U.S. Golf Association could set up the golf course for last week’s U.S. Open and this week’s U.S. Women’s Open in a like manner, one that’s fair and comparable to both sets of players. That’s why the USGA is paying caddies $550 apiece for a week of that most precious commodity: inside information.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 53, Juli Inkster is golf royalty. She won 31 LPGA titles. She captured seven major championships. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is playing this week in her 35th and last U.S. Women’s Open. No other golfer has accumulated so many Women’s Open appearances. Furthermore, when the queen of women’s golf descends from her throne, she mingles easily and comfortably with ordinary golfers. With Inkster, there are no pretensions. She doesn’t hide anything. She tells the truth. She is blunt and forthright.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucy Li is going to have a doozy of a story for the first day of school when her sixth-grade teacher asks what she did this summer. Li, an 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, Calif., is the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She has been prepping here for two weeks already, the first of the 156-player field to register for the championship, and has met the likes of Webb Simpson, her favorite player, Annika Sorenstam and Anna Nordquist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire may sound like some skit straight out of “Wayne’s World,” but it’s much higher brow than that. In the British Commonwealth, it’s a noble hierarchy of great honor, stature and distinction. Admittedly, it would seem a topic of conversation more befitting a stodgy parlor filled by the sound of clinking tea cups than the biggest women’s golf tournament in the land, but here at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open, there are 155 mortals and only one, ahem, Dame.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far. Two days after Martin Kaymer’s relentless eight-stroke victory in the U.S. Open, this famed Donald Ross-designed golf course is ready for another week of onslaught. And surprisingly, it’s in fine shape – a little bruised in some fairways, a little pock-marked on some greens, but nothing like the immediate aftermath of previous U.S. Opens, when the course – say, Shinnecock Hills in 2004 and Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in 2009 – looked like war zones.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis emerged from spinal surgery in the summer of 2003 an inch and a half taller thanks to a straighter spine. She spent eight weeks in bed recovering and, when it was time to start classes at Arkansas, couldn’t lift more than five pounds. Lewis’ parents moved her into a college dorm that redshirt season, and she spent much of the year working on short game because she couldn’t do much else. Shauna Estes-Taylor, then an assistant coach at Arkansas, is a short-game specialist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Race horse down. Workout wizard Suzann Pettersen, who has been to women’s golf training what Tiger Woods has been to men’s golf training, laughed when asked about her exercise schedule in the gym. “Well, considering that two and a half months ago I couldn’t stand up,” she replied, “I feel pretty good. My workouts haven’t been very tough (or nonexistent), and it makes me feel lazy. At the same time, though, it fits my goal.” Pettersen and Woods, both thoroughbreds when it comes to exercise.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 19, Lexi Thompson’s age is not an issue nor is it even a story this week. It would have been different back in yesteryear, a 19 year-old participant would have been a big story, but now that an 11-year-old qualifier Lucy Li is teeing it up this week at Pinehurst No. 2 age really isn’t a huge story anymore. For Thompson the story is more about a 19-year-old that actually can win this championship. Thompson can become the first teenager to win two majors.