Lexi Thompson fired 5 birdies with no bogey in a glowing spherical on the Olympic Club Lake Course Saturday to seize a one-shot lead within the US Women’s Open.
The American’s five-under par 66 on the imposing structure gave her a 54-hole whole of seven-under par 64 and a one-stroke edge over second-round chief Yuka Saso of the Philippines.
Saso, a 19-year-old whose professional resume options two wins on the Japan LPGA tour, scrambled to a good par 71 for 207 — main by as many as two however dropping out of a share of the lead together with her fourth bogey of the day at 18.
US novice Megha Ganne, a 17-year-old New Jersey highschool scholar, saved herself in rivalry with a one-over par 72 that left her sharing third on 210 with South Korean Lee6 Jeong-eun, who battled her solution to a two-over 73.
China’s Feng Shanshan was alone in fifth after a 72 for 211.
Thompson was the primary participant to publish a bogey-free spherical this week at Olympic Club, which has hosted 5 males’s US Opens however had by no means earlier than hosted a ladies’s main.
The 2014 ANA Inspiration winner is searching for a primary US Open title in her fifteenth try. She first competed within the championship as a 12-year-old novice in 2007.
“Honestly, I just thought my patience of being out there,” Thompson stated of the important thing to her lowest profession spherical in a US Open.
“I struck it well all day, made a few good putts out there. And I guess probably just picking up the missed fairways or missed greens when I did, getting up-and-down or just getting it as far as I could out of that rough.
“It’s all about endurance out on this golf course.”
Thompson climbed the leaderboard with three birdies on the front nine. She curled in a long birdie putt at the 14th and had the solo lead at seven-under after a birdie at 17 — where she tapped in after narrowly missing her eagle attempt.
Saso, who had opened the door to Thompson with bogeys at the 13th and 14th, regained a share of the lead when she got up and down for birdie at the 17th.
But she was unable to do the identical on the final.
Saso had made a brilliant begin with a birdie on the first, however gave that shot again on the fourth. Birdies on the seventh and tenth gave her a two-shot lead at eight-under, however she could not preserve momentum coming in.