LPGA Championship -- Third Round at Locust Hill
At the top: Eight shots up with 18 holes to play qualifies as insurmountable, does it not? Presumably all but Greg Norman would answer in the affirmative. Cristie Kerr's too seasoned to fritter this one away.
Round of the Day: The day belonged to the red, white and blue. Morgan Pressel leapt into a tie for 19th with a 4-under 68.
Ouch!: Michele Redman moved into the top 10 with a second-round 67 and thudded into a tie for 44th with a 79, the highest round of the day. She double-bogeyed the first hole and went on to shoot 41 on the front side.
History Repeating: Is Locust Hill becoming the home of the blowout? Last year Jiyai Shin was 16-under and up four after 54 holes and won by seven.
Still Searching: Michelle Wie hit just five fairways and 12 greens - both her tournament lows -- in shooting a 73. She's tied for 37th.
Toughest hole: The par-4 13th hole reigned again, playing to a 4.32 average. Just three birdies were made there versus 26 bogeys and a double.
Easiest hole: A par 3 topping the list? It doesn't happen often, but the 150-yard 15th yielded 20 birdies and 2.75 stroke average.
Quotable: Spain's Azahara Munoz on bidding to become the third straight LPGA rookie to win this event: ""Yes, I heard that, but Cristie is eight shots ahead. I don't think it's going to be reachable but I will give it a try.""
Quotable II: Jimin Kang of South Korea on Locust Hill: ""It's a major, that's all I can
say. If you miss a fairway you got to work your butt off to get out of there. If you miss a
green, good luck to you as well.""
On tap: The final round begins at 7:30 Sunday morning, with the lead twosome of Cristie Kerr and Jimin Kang scheduled to go off at 12:40. Tee times were once again advanced as rain is expected around the 5 o'clock hour.
-- Bob DiCesare