COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The only thing disappearing faster than blue skies were red numbers at the U.S. Women's Open.
Cristie Kerr, So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford emerged from the third round as the only players below par, tied for the lead at 1 under after the first half of a 36-hole Sunday at the Broadmoor.
Kerr and Ryu each shot 2-under 69 in the third round and Stanford shot 70.
The leader coming into the day, Mika Miyazato, shot 76 and was at even, a shot ahead of Ai Miyazato, who also shot 76.
Hae Kyung Seo had the morning's low round of 68 and headed into the final round at even.
It set up what should be a wide open final round, with 20 players within five shots of the lead and the contenders spread all over the course. In an effort to speed things up, tournament officials did not wait until the third round was over to reset the pairings, instead sending the same threesomes out in the same order they went for the third round.
Among those in contention were defending champion Paula Creamer at 2 over, and top-ranked Yani Tseng, who shot 71 in the third round then, after a quick turnaround, made two birdies over the first three holes of the final round to get to 2 over for the tournament.
Tournament officials were confident they could get 36 holes in on Sunday if the weather held, but there was a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and clouds were building over the mountains that back the East Course. With the humidity left over from a week's worth of rain, the 7,000-yard course was playing long, even though it's situated at 6,400 feet in altitude. There were only seven scores below par in the third round.