How it Happened: Park extends USWO lead

Inbee Park during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.

Inbee Park doesn't do a lot of talking, but her play Saturday attracted the lion's share of the commentary as she chases a women's grand slam at Sebonack.

Having won the first two majors of the season, Park took the second-round lead of the U.S. Women's Open on Friday with a 68 and followed up with a 71 Saturday – a drop in score, sure, but understandable as it was the only scorecard turned in under par during the third round.

She'll play in the day's last group alongside I.K. Kim again Sunday – Kim's 73 good enough to remain in second place.

Just three other golfers are under par for the tournament. Jodi Ewart Shadoff's 74 dropped her to third at 3 under, while World No. 5 So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford are T-4 at 1 under after a 73 and 74 respectively.

Recap the highlights of the day in Southampton, N.Y., right here – and scroll down to take a look at our extensive preview coverage from Sebonack:

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Update No. 34: 6:25 p.m. EDT

Reaching the greenside bunker in two at the par-5 18th, Inbee Park converts a sand save for birdie to sign for a 71 – the only under-par round of the day.

I.K. Kim, in second, birdies as well for a 1-over 73 that has her 6 under for the week. Jodi Ewart Shadoff pars for a 2-over 74 and is alone in third at 3 under, two ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford.

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Update No. 33: 6:06 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu had a chance to break par for the day, stepping to the 18th tee at even par. She bogeys, instead, and settles for ending the day under par for the week, 1 under and in fifth as she heads to the clubhouse.

Leader Inbee Park is the last golfer with a chance to finish under par for the third round, and finds the 18th fairway with her tee shot.

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Update No. 32: 5:57 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park, trying to get back under par for the round, has about a 20 footer for birdie at the par-3 17th and misses short. She taps in for par to remain 9 under. Playing partner I.K. Kim pars as well to remain four shots back in second; Jodi Ewart Shadoff cards her second straight bogey to fall to 3 under and remain third.

Four golfers are in the clubhouse with an even-par 72: Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Kristy McPherson and Ai Miyazato.

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Update No. 31: 5:47 p.m. EDT

Pars for leader Inbee Park and I.K. Kim at No. 16 keep the margin atop the leaderboard at four, while Jodi Ewart Shadoff drops to third place and 4 under with a bogey.

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Update No. 30: 5:42 p.m. EDT

Cristie Kerr finishes on a high note, sinking a birdie putt at No. 18 for a 74 that puts her at 2 over and T-7 as she heads to the clubhouse. Kerr had posted even-par 72s in her first two rounds.

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Update No. 29: 5:33 p.m. EDT

Tied for fourth, So Yeon Ryu lips out a birdie putt at No. 17 and Angela Stanford makes a 5-footer for par at No. 16. Both remain 2 under, three shots ahead of sixth-place Paula Creamer.

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Update No. 28: 5:25 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park is on the move again, a birdie putt at No. 15 her second in a row to fall and erasing two of her three straight bogeys on Nos. 11-13. Park returns to 9 under, her lead back to four shots after playing partners Jodi Ewart Shadoff and I.K. Kim par the hole.

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Update No. 27: 5:11 p.m. EDT

Even par is good for the low round of the day to this point, while the leaders have four holes to play. On the level are Jodi Ewart Shadoff (5 under, T-2), So Yeon Ryu (2 under, T-4), Paula Creamer (1 over, 6th), Ai Miyazato (2 over, T-7), Na Yeon Choi (4 over, T-17) and Kristy McPherson (5 over, T-21).

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Update No. 26: 5:05 p.m. EDT

From the back, upper tier of the 14th green, Inbee Park makes a 25-footer for birdie that had plenty of steam on it heading downhill if it hadn't hit the cup. Park returns to 8 under, while playing partner Jodi Ewart Shadoff birdies as well from about 10 feet to keep pace – and I.K. Kim does the same from about 8 feet.

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Update No. 25: 4:48 p.m. EDT

Coming off her first back-to-back bogeys of the week, Inbee Park misses the green again at No. 13 and leaves herself about an 8-footer for par that slides past the hole on the high side. Park makes the comebacker for another bogey and drops to 7 under.

Playing partner I.K. Kim has about a 5-footer for birdie that just rolls over the lip, and she makes her comebacker for par to pull within three of Park. Jodi Ewart Shadoff also makes about a 7-footer for par that to pull within three.

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Update No. 24: 4:29 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park bogeys again, failing to execute a sand save and dropping to 8 under. Her lead remains four shots as Jodi Ewart Shadoff three-putts for the first time this week and drops to 4 under, T-2 with I.K. Kim, who pars the hole.

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Update No. 23: 4:21 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the amateurs in the field today:

  • Lydia Ko: T-39, 8 over through 17
  • Casie Cathrea: T-54, 11 over after a 79
  • Doris Chen: T-54, 11 over after a 79
  • Yueer Feng: T-54, 11 over through 15
  • Nelly Korda: T-60, 13 over through 13
  • Brooke Mackenzie Henderson: T-63, 14 over after an 83

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Update No. 22: 4:13 p.m. EDT

And with Inbee Park's bogey at No. 11 after an approach shot that missed the green, no golfer at the U.S. Women's Open is under par for the third round. Park's lead is four as Jodi Ewart Shadoff pars, with I.K. Kim five back after a bogey as well.

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Update No. 21: 4:04 p.m. EDT

With several golfers having slipped to even par for the round, leader Inbee Park is the only golfer in the red at this point in the third round. Park is 1 under through 10, her lone birdie coming at the ninth hole.

Jessica Korda has changed caddies at the turn. Korda is 5 over today and 2 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 20: 3:50 p.m. EDT

Jodi Ewart Shadoff bogeys No. 10 after missing a long par putt just on the high side to drop to 5 under alongside playing partner I.K. Kim in a tie for second. Kim and leader Inbee Park par the hole, the margin atop the leaderboard growing to five shots.

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Update No. 20: 3:32 p.m. EDT

Jodi Ewart Shadoff having ended her string of seven pars with a birdie at No. 8, leader Inbee Park does the same at No. 9 with a birdie to move to 10 under. The lead is four shots again.

Playing partner I.K. Kim does the same, her second straight birdie getting her back to 5 under, alone in third as Ewart pars the hole.

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Update No. 19: 3:25 p.m. EDT

Jodi Ewart Shadoff and I.K. Kim birdie the par-5 eighth hole to gain a stroke on leader and playing partner Inbee Park, moving to 6 under and 4 under respectively.

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Update No. 18: 3:08 p.m. EDT

Saturday at Sebonack isn't moving day for many golfers – more like a war of attrition. Just five golfers are under par for their third round: Paula Creamer, Julieta Granada, Cristie Kerr, So Yeon Ryu and Thidapa Suwannapura.

Leader Inbee Park and second-place Jodi Ewart Shadoff are the only golfers at even par for their round, in fact.

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Update No. 17: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park and second-place Jodi Ewart Shadoff extend their nothing-but-par rounds through the seventh hole.

Bogeys at Nos. 5-6 and a double bogey at No. 7 drops Lizette Salas to even par for the tournament at T-7 – alongside Paula Creamer, who bogeys No. 11 to slip to that mark.

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Update No. 16: 2:54 p.m. EDT

Paula Creamer is 2 under today with birdies at Nos. 2 and 9, moving to T-6 at 2 under for the tournament.

Thidapa Suwannapura birdies three straight from Nos. 17-1 to move to T-15 at 3 over.

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Update No. 15: 2:43 p.m. EDT

Let's look at the top 10 golfers in the Rolex Rankings and where they stand in this U.S. Open:

  • Inbee Park: Leader, 9 under through five holes
  • Stacy Lewis: T-24, 5 over through 14
  • Suzann Pettersen: Missed cut (76-78)
  • Na Yeon Choi: T-24, 5 over through 13
  • So Yeon Ryu: T-4, 2 under through 7
  • Shanshan Feng: T-24, 5 over through 11
  • Yani Tseng: Missed cut (76-75)
  • Karrie Webb: T-11, 2 over through 12
  • Jiyai Shin: Missed cut (76-78)
  • Ai Miyazato: T-16, 3 over through 12

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Update No. 14: 2:28 p.m. EDT

Lizette Salas, then I.K. Kim, bogey the fifth hole as both drop to 3 under. They're still T-3, a shot ahead of Jessica Korda, So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford.

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Update No. 14: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park and playing partners Jodi Ewart Shadoff and I.K. Kim all par the fourth hole to remain steady at 9 under, 5 under and 4 under respectively.

Julieta Granada, with a birdie at No. 14 that followed four pars to start her day, is the only player over par for the tournament but under par for today's round. She's T-28 at 5 over.

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Update No. 13: 1:53 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Na Yeon Choi birdies No. 18 as she makes the turn to get under par for her round. Choi is among five golfers T-20 at 3 over.

Lizette Salas is all pars through four holes to remain 4 under.

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Update No. 12: 1:44 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu is 2 under for the round to rise to 4 under, T-3 alongside Lizette Salas – and I.K. Kim, who double-bogeys No. 3 to drop to 3 over for the round.

Leader Inbee Park and second-place Jodi Ewart Shadoff card their third pars of the round to remain 9 under and 5 under, respectively.

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Update No. 11: 1:28 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim bogeys the second but holds onto second place on the leaderboard, slipping to 6 under. She's three back of leader Inbee Park and one ahead of Jodi Ewart Shadoff, both playing partners carding pars.

Lexi Thompson double-bogeys No. 2 and bogeys No. 4 to fall to 3 over for the day and the tournament, dropping to T-21.

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Update No. 10: 1:19 p.m. EDT

Cristie Kerr birdies again at No. 3 to get to 2 under for the day and the tournament. Kerr rises to T-6 alongside Jessica Korda and Angela Stanford, both of whom are 1 over today.

Karrie Webb immediately covers for her bogey with a birdie at No. 8 to return to 1 under for the tournament at T-9.

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Update No. 9: 1:12 p.m. EDT

The lead group's day is underway as Inbee Park, I.K. Kim and Jodi Ewart Shadoff all par the first hole to remain 9 under, 7 under and 5 under respectively. Lizette Salas is fourth at 4 under, even through two holes today.

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Update No. 8: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Sebonack is standing up for itself again, with 51 players already over par during their third round as the lead group is the only one yet to record a score.

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Update No. 7: 12:54 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu starts her round with a birdie to move to T-5 at 3 under. Ryu, the World No. 5, opened the tournament with rounds of 73 and 69.

Karrie Webb's first bogey of the day comes at No. 7 and drops her back to even par for the week at T-11.

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Update No. 6: 12:44 p.m. EDT

Brittany Lincicome birdies the par-3 third hole to get back to even par, where she started her round before bogeying the first. She's T-13 with Paula Creamer, Lindy Duncan and Ha-Neul Kim.

The leaders are about to tee off, as our Beth Ann Baldry reports via her Twitter account, @Golfweek_Baldry: "Inbee Park just stuffed a few tees in her ponytail and is stretching on the first tee. Wind is up and the sun is out at Sebonack for Rd. 3."

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Update No. 5: 12:36 p.m. EDT

Karrie Webb birdies No. 4 to move to 3 under for the round, T-10 at 1 under for the tournament. She follows with a par at No. 5.

Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr are the only other golfers under par for the round, Kerr birdieing No. 1 to get to T-10 at 1 under and Creamer birdieing No. 2 to get to T-13 at even par.

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Update No. 4: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis birdies No. 5 to get back to 3 over where she started the round. Lewis had bogeyed No. 1.

Natalie Gulbis, who opened with a 2-under 70 but followed up with a second-round 78, is 4 over today in a hurry after starting her round with a bogey at No. 10 and a triple bogey at No. 11. Gulbis is 8 over for the tournament and at the end of the pack alongside Danah Bordner, who started her third round with a quadruple bogey.

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Update No. 3: 11:59 a.m. EDT

Karrie Webb birdies No. 2 to move to even par and follows with a par at the third. She's T-12 thanks to the 2-under start to her round.

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Update No. 2: 11:41 a.m. EDT

The yardage at the Open is creeping higher and higher through the week, our Julie Williams reports via her Twitter account, @GolfweekJules. The Sebonack setup had been advertised at 6,821 yards, but played to 6,548 in the first round. It's up to 6,629 for today's third round.

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Update No. 1: 11:28 a.m. EDT

Karrie Webb starts her day with a birdie to move to 1 over. She's the only player under par for her round so far.

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Second-round wrap-up

Eleven players finished the second round under par, after 36 had been in red numbers Thursday.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff birdied No. 18 to move into solo third at 5 under, four shots back of leader Inbee Park. She'll play in the final group with Park and I.K. Kim.

The cut line settled at top 60 and ties, which meant 6 over was in and 7 over was out. That left World No. 8 Yani Tseng out of the weekend, as well as Juli Inkster and 10 others.

Among the notables making the cut at 6 over were Laura Diaz, Christina Kim, Meena Lee and amateur Nelly Korda. Said older sister Jessica Korda, via her Twitter account @JessicaKorda: "Uhhh thenellykorda just made her 1st cut at the Us Womens Open!!!!!!!!!!! #cuttingitclosetho” (Read more about the Kordas and the Open cut here.)

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Weather conditions

It's a wet day in Southampton, N.Y., with rain showers expected to stop shortly after third-round play begins, according to weather.com. Temps might not get out of the mid 70s, but wind speeds should peak in the low to mid teens and humidity could be high.

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Friday's coverage

5 Things: Park leads USWO; Kims trade places; more

The 2013 U.S. Women's Open on Friday turned into somewhat of a case of the haves and have-nots at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. While Inbee Park and I.K. Kim can boast low scores at 68 and 69 respectively, just eight golfers completed two rounds with a score under par.

How it Happened: Park moves out front as fog halts play

Inbee Park and I.K. Kim led the way for the second round before play was halted due to fog, as most of the field struggled to break par on a Sebonack course that toughened up.

Notes: Kim shines in morning wave; more

Stronger winds, faster greens and tougher pin placements contributed to higher scores Friday, but I.K. Kim – one of the thinkers on the LPGA – followed her opening 68 with a second-round 69.

• Stanford in contention for first major victory

Five times an LPGA Tour winner, Angela Stanford's 68 on a tough Friday boosted her into contention to win her first career major. It was 10 years ago that the Texan, 35, came the closest to a U.S. Women’s Open victory.

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Thursday's coverage

Park exploits 'generous' Sebonack for 67, early lead

When Inbee Park stepped to Sebonack’s 10th tee early Thursday, she was greeted by a shockingly shortened U.S. Women’s Open setup. She took advantage.

How it Happened: Ha-Neul Kim takes first-round Open lead

Relatively few players managed to break par during the first round at Sebonack Golf Club, but Ha-Neul Kim and Inbee Park rose to the top of the leaderboard with low numbers.

Notes: Lewis likes role of chaser; Wie struggles; more

Stacy Lewis said she wouldn’t want to lead the U.S. Women’s Open after the first round. It’s too difficult, she said, to maintain that position for four days. But Michelle Wie would have liked to open with a round better than 80.

Backup plan on hold as Chile's Echeverria opens strong

“If you hit it good, you are in the right spot. You can use the slopes," said Paz Echeverria – playing in her first Women’s Open this week – after a 3-under 69 Thursday.

Henderson, 15, excited to be at her first U.S. Women's Open

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson is the kind of fresh air fans love about our national Open. She’s 15 years old, with dimples in her cheeks and excitement in her eyes. She’s serious about her first U.S. Women’s Open, but not serious enough to act like she owns the place.

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Preview coverage

Creamer, Park headline U.S. Women's Open predictions

Our dynamic tandem of Beth Ann Baldry and Julie Williams have been on the ground at Sebonack all week and thought they'd offer up their U.S. Women's Open predictions.

Hole by Hole: Sebonack Golf Club doesn't look its age

It’s Sebonack’s time to shine – a rare collaborative product of two of golf’s most iconoclastic designers, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. Here's a hole-by-hole preview of the host of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open.

Park's off-the-course happiness leads to on-course dominance

It’s difficult to get to know Inbee Park. Not because she’s unpleasant but simply because she’s not one to divulge much information without significant prodding. Even with her exceptional run this last year, she’s still somewhat of an unknown.

Karinn Dickinson takes unique route to U.S. Women's Open

Karinn Dickinson could have turned pro long ago, but the former University of Washington star chose to stay amateur to "grind on the game" and she feels more prepared for her pro future as a result.

USWO: Juli Inkster does some late work at Sebonack

After her participation in an early-week charity event in Rhode Island, Juli Inkster, 53, needed Wednesday's practice round, not for the repetition but because she was one of three players to land at Sebonack Golf Club mid-week.

Notes: Humble Lydia Ko sets eyes on a major record

With three professional titles under her belt, Lydia Ko now sets her sights on becoming the youngest player to ever win an LPGA major.

Park, Chen lead large USC contingent at U.S. Women's Open

Local favorite and NCAA champ Annie Park and USC teammate Doris Chen will try to remember their collegiate successes as they take on Sebonack at the U.S. Women's Open.

Baldry: Lewis is the everywoman of the U.S. Women's Open

Stacy Lewis still drives the same Lexus IS that she bought after a third in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. Five years and plenty of success later, Lewis hasn't changed her economical ways.

Choi, seeking title defense, walks like a champion at Sebonack

Defending U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi says she will carry herself with good posture and confidence at Sebonack, taking the small signs of progress all season into this week's major championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn (shoulder) WDs from U.S. Women's Open

Ariya Jutanugarn never even made it to New York. Two days before the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, the 17-year-old remains on the West Coast with a sore shoulder, unable to make her first Women’s Open start as a professional.

Notes: Karrie Webb talks Sebonack; preparations differ; more

Karrie Webb, a two-time USWO champion, said the Jack Nicklaus-Tom Doak design didn’t favor one person. For those hitting it well, Webb said, there’s “a bit of freedom off the tee.”

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