Minjee Lee is threatening to run absent with the trophy immediately after storming to a a few-shot guide after the 3rd round of the US Women’s Open in North Carolina.
Lee fired a 4-underneath-par 67 on Saturday to surge to 13 underneath at Pine Needles Golf and Nation Club in North Carolina on Saturday, a course with a heritage of dominant champions.
The past a few 3rd-spherical US Women’s Open leaders at the venue, including Lee’s fellow Australian Karrie Webb in 2001, have won the championship, leaving the 26-12 months-aged nicely put to assert her second occupation big.
The in-form environment No.4 started the day little by little, generating bogey at the fifth gap to tumble two photographs driving midway co-chief Mina Harigae.
But Lee bounced straight again with a birdie on 6 followed by a burst of four successive birdies from the ninth to the 12th holes to seize command.
Harigae’s round of 70 was ample to secure a put along with Lee in Sunday’s ultimate pairing at 10 less than.
England’s Bronte Legislation (68) is outright third at seven below but six photographs off the pace in what seems to be a two-way battle for the $US1.8 million ($A2.5 million) winner’s cheque – the greatest prize in women’s golfing background.