Lydia Ko Takes 54-Hole Lead at U.S. Women’s Open

Lydia Ko fired a 2-under par 70 on Saturday at CordeValle and now leads the U.S. Women’s Open outright, heading into Sunday’s final round. Ko ended her round on Saturday in dramatic fashion by draining a lengthy putt on the 18th hole for birdie.

“I think the biggest key around today — well, the biggest difference was the wind. I know it was breezy from the mornings. I knew that it would play a lot tougher than yesterday, because the majority of my round yesterday was played in calm weather,” Ko said in an interview with the LPGA.com’s Amy Rogers. “So people, they say it’s moving day on Saturday, but it was really tough out there, because the course is drying out, firming up. And it was tough to get near the pins on some holes.”

The world’s number one women’s golfer is at 7-under for the tournament, and one up on Eun Hee Ji and Sung Hyun Park, who are at 6-under and T-2. Ji and Park will be in the final group on Sunday with Ko. The threesome will tee off at 10:AM EST on the 1st hole.

Leaderboard: Lydia Ko (-7), Eun Hee Ji (-6), Sung Hyun Park (-6), Brittany Lang (-5), Amy Yang (-5), Angela Stanford (-4)

Quotes

“Every part of you wants to be pulled to the outcome, to be pulled, oh, wow, wouldn’t it be so great to win. And the more you think about that, the quicker you’re going to move down the leaderboard. You just have to have a lot of discipline. It’s something I’m working on. I’ve only won once, so obviously I’m not doing a very good job with it. So it will be a good test tomorrow.”
Brittany Lang

“I’ve just got to trust my game and try and enjoy it out there. You need to stay calm. In majors you are going to make mistakes and make bogeys so you just have to get over it quickly, there is always the next hole.”
Lydia Ko

“It’s getting harder and harder. The wind is the toughest part. That’s what makes this golf course hard is the wind, and that continues to dry the greens out as the day goes on. I think you have to learn how to play the U.S. Open. You have to learn how to hang in there and you just give yourself a chance on Sunday. I’ve done that this week. I haven’t played my best golf but I’ve hung around. This golf course you can make a double pretty quick with one golf swing. So I’m just going to keep hanging around and see what happens.”
Stacy Lewis

Ko’s Key Putt

SOURCES: USGA | LPGA | GETTY

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