KOHLER, Wis. — Na Yeon Choi had one of the best rounds in U.S. Women’s Open history, taking control of the tournament with 7-under-par 65 in the third round at Blackwolf Run on Saturday.
The fifth-ranked South Korean star’s remarkable round put her at 8-under for the tournament, giving her a six-stroke lead over Amy Yang.
“I couldn’t believe how I got eight birdies today,” Choi said. “But I did. And I’m very happy, and I’m very satisfied and I’m very excited.”
Only four players ever have posted a lower round in the Open, and the 65 tied the lowest third-round score in the event’s history.
Yang had 69. Choi and Yang were the only players to break 70 in the round.
Teenager Lexi Thompson (72), Mika Miyazato (73) and Sandra Gal (74) are tied for third at 1- under. Michelle Wie shot 78 to fall to 2-over.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Pebble Beach, Calif., Tom Kite and Brad Bryant share the lead going into today’s final round of the First Tee Open.
Kite would have had the outright lead, but made a bogey on the par-5 18th hole for 3-under-par 69 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He’s at 8-under 136 along with Bryant, who had 67 at Del Monte Golf Course.
John Cook, who shared the first-round lead with Kite at 67, withdrew after nine holes, citing neck pain. He was 5-over for the round.
The final round will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, where Kite has won twice. He won the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the 1992 U.S. Open there.
Kite is a 10-time winner on the Champions Tour, but hasn’t won since the 2008 Boeing Classic.
EUROPEAN TOUR; In Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France, David Howel shot 4-under-par 67 to share the lead with Anders Hansen (69) at 6-under after the third round of the French Open .
George Coetzee is one shot back after shooting 70.
Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson is eight shots back after his 70.