Minjee Lee headed for a 71 in Charleston today. Image: Getty
Australian Minjee Lee has had a roller coaster week at the US Women & # 39; s Open, but she fought hard to stay in the fight on her way to the final round at Charleston Country Club in South Carolina.
For the second consecutive day, a bad hole cost Lee today in terms of momentum.
The 23-year-old from Perth was on the leaderboard mid-third at Charleston Country Club, but a double bogey six at the par-four tenth hole sent her back down for a late rally with a remarkable birdie on the 16th where she hit almost out.
On Friday, the tri-bogey on the par-three was 11th that grabbed her momentum after she took three chips to get her ball on the green.
Her tee shot on the 10th went "right" and was the mistake that could have unraveled her. "I'm trying to eliminate those mistakes, but this is clearly the U. Open and maybe a little nerves and a little warm weather," she said after her round. "But I came back with a few birdies and finished the first nine pretty well. Then, of course, on the 10th, I made a very bad mistake around the greens. Even the tee shot, it just wasn't a very good hole. & # 39; & # 39;
Lee eventually had birdie odds on the 17th and 18th that rolled at the hole, and she signed for a one-under par 70 to end 54 holes on three-under-general par.
Amazingly enough, this week she led the field with 16 birdies, but also made eight bogeys, a double bogey and a triple
She is right with a shared eighth place, just four shots from the lead with a bundled group ahead of her.
Lee is number 2 in the world and has so much to play for tomorrow – not just her search for a first big championship. If she can finish strong, she will know she is less than a point away from Jin Young Ko & # 39; s number 1 world ranking, and she will start the day ahead of Ko, who is equal to the 14th
China's Yu Liu and Frenchwoman Celine Boutier, this year's Vic Open champion, have a seven-under-par lead.
Boutier, who won her first LPGA title at 13th Beach in February, had the outright lead until she almost lost a chip of rough ruggedness behind the 16th green.
-7 Celine Boutier, Yu Liu
-6 Jay Marie Green, Lexi Thompson, Mamika Higa
-5 Jeoneun Lee6
-4 Jessica Kora, Gaby Lopez
-3 MINJEE LEE (AUS), so Yeon Ryu, Nanna Koertz-Madsen