Yang retains three-shot lead at U.S. Women's Open

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:25pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Amy Yang of South Korea fought off a late challenge by Stacy Lewis on Saturday to retain a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club.

The 24-year-old Yang shot a one-under 69 for a 54-hole total of eight-under-par 202, while world number three Lewis's 69 left her at five under par for the championship.

Yang, who has twice before played in the final pairing at a U.S. Open, will have another golden opportunity on Sunday paired again with Lewis.

"I don't want to think too much ahead, but it would be a great thing to my golf career," Yang said about the possibility of claiming her maiden major.

Chun In-gee, a 20-year-old South Korean, surged to third place with a two-under 68 for a four-under-par 206, one stroke better than Japanese Tour veteran Shiho Oyama, who shot 71 after sliding back with a double-bogey at the par-four fifth.

Four players were grouped at two under par, including last year's winner Michelle Wie, who fired a 68.

Joining Wie on 208, six strokes off the pace, were world number one Park In-bee (70) and fellow Koreans Lee Mi-hyang (68) and Chella Choi, who set a U.S. Women's Open nine-hole record by firing a 29 on the front side on her way to a six-under 64.

Five players had shot 30 for nine holes, the first being Pamela Wright at Indianwood in 1994.   Continued...

Amy Yang makes a shot from the second fairway during the third round of the 2015 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports