KOHLER, Wis. — Na Yeon Choi had one of the best rounds in U.S. Women's Open history, taking control of the tournament with a 7-under 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. 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.
Michelle Wie faded, shooting a 6-over 78 to fall to 2 over. Wie shot a 66 on Friday, putting her a stroke behind leader Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen also shot a 78 and slid to 1 over.
Yang had a 69. Choi and Yang were the only players to break 70 in the round.
Lexi Thompson, Mika Miyazato and Sandra Gal were tied for third at 1 under. The 17-year-old Thompson had a 72, Miyazato shot 73, and Gal had a 74.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng struggled, shooting a 78 and fading to 8 over.
GREENBRIER CLASSIC: At White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 5-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Simpson had his second straight bogey-free round to reach 14 under on The Greenbrier Resort's Old White TPC course. Last year in the event, he briefly led entering the final nine holes, but faded to a tie for ninth.
Troy Kelly was second after a 62. He had hip-replacement surgery in September 2010 after being diagnosed with arthritis.
Rookie Charlie Beljan, J.B. Holmes and Ken Duke were 11 under. Beljan had a 67, Holmes a 66, and Duke a 65.
Holmes had part of his skull removed in September 2011, four months after he started having vertigo symptoms. He returned to the tour in January.
FIRST TEE OPEN: At Pebble Beach, Calif., Tom Kite shot a 3-under 69 at Pebble Beach for a share of the lead with Brad Bryant after the second round of the First Tee Open.
The 62-year-old Kite won the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round Sunday in the Champions Tour event.
Bryant, winless since the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, had a 67 at Del Monte to match Kite at 8 under.
Bobby Clampett, Peter Senior and Mark McNulty were tied for third at 5 under. Clampett had a 67, Senior shot a 70, and McNulty a 71 — all at Pebble Beach.Comment on this story
FRENCH OPEN: At Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France, England's David Howell shot a 4-under 67 for a share of the lead Sweden's Anders Hansen of Denmark after the third round of the French Open.
Hansen had a 69 to match Howell at 6 under on Le Golf National's Albatross Course.
South Africa's George Coetzee was a stroke back after a 70.
Third-ranked Lee Westwood strained his groin when he slipped while walking to the first tee. He had a double bogey on the opening hole, bogeyed the next five and finished with a 76. He was 6 over.