Saturday, day 13 at the U.S. Open
The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week. Each day, the USGA will provide fans with a voucher for a complimentary bottle of water upon entry. Hydration stations have also been setup at locations throughout the course. Designated air conditioned cooling sites and first aid stations will be available. All fans planning to attend are strongly encouraged to remain hydrated.
Through Saturday's third round
Drive distance - Brittany Lincicome, 287.2 yards
Fairways hit - Stacy Lewis, Pornanong Phatlum and Rikako Morita, 38 of 42 (90.48 percent)
Greens in regulation - Stacy Lewis, So Yeon Ryu and Pornanong Phatlum, 40 of 54 (74.07 percent)
Putts - Yueer Cindy Feng, 26.67 per round
Birdies - Amy Yang, 13
SATURDAY'S TOUGHEST HOLE
There were five par fours set up longer than the second hole for Saturday's round, but No. 2 at No. 2 allowed one birdie in the round and was the most difficult hole of the day.
Playing a 419 yards, the second hole saw 27 bogeys, three doubles and one "other" to average at 4.507 shots per player. Paired with the first hole as the fifth-hardest hole of the round, the 73 players in the field opened their rounds a collective 65-over par by the time they reached the third tee.
SATURDAY'S EASIEST HOLE
Both par fives played under par Saturday, as did the par-three No. 17.
No. 10, playing at 453 yards, eight yards shorter than No. 16, a par four, was the easiest hole of the round averaging 4.451 strokes per player. No. 10 yielded three eagles and 38 birdies and no one made worse than a six on it for the day.
LOW AMATEUR CHASE
Minjee Lee - 69-71-72 212 (+2)
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson - 71-73-72 216 (+6)
Mathilda Cappeliez - 76-70-78 224 (+14)
Chisato Hashimoto - 73-76-76 225 (+15)
Andrea Lee - 79-70-77 226 (+16)
Emma Talley - 75-73-78 226 (+16)
FRIEND VS. FRIEND
Michelle Wie and Amy Yang will be the final pairing around the course this afternoon in the final round.
"Yeah, Amy and I, we're pretty good friends and we play with her a lot," Wie said. "And she's just so consistent. She barely misses a green, barely misses a fairway, is a great putter. She's overall a really sound golfer. I think she took some time off a little bit this year. I think she's fresh. I think she really wants it. So I think (Sunday) is going to be a great battle. I'm just going to go out and just try and play my own game and not focus so much on other players."
"I think it's going to be a fun round. I'm also good friends with Michelle, so I think it's going to be a good round," Yang said.
Tee times begin at 7:10 a.m. today from the first tee. The final 10 pairings are:
11:56 a.m. - Brittany Lang (+7) and Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (+6)
12:07 p.m. - Brittany Lincicome (+6) and Yueer Cindy Feng (+5)
12:18 - Meena Lee (+5) and Hee Young Park (+5)
12:29 - Stacy Lewis (+4) and Paula Creamer (+4)
12:40 - Chella Choi (+4) and Lexi Thompson (+3)
12:51 - Sakura Yokomine (+3) and Karrie Webb (+3)
1:02 - So Yeon Ryu (+3) and Pornanong Phatlum (+3)
1:13 - Minjee Lee (+2) and Na Yeon Choi (+2)
1:24 - Stephanie Meadow (+2) and Juli Inkster (+2)
1:35 - Michelle Wie (-2) and Amy Yang (-2)
PREPARED LIKE PAYNE
Yang, who lives in Orlando, plays frequently, including on the Friday before traveling to North Carolina last week, at Orange Tree Golf Club, where Payne Stewart played to prepare for Pinehurst No. 2 before the 1999 U.S. Open.
"Yeah, I played there (Orange Tree) almost every day. It helped me a lot. It helped me a lot, driving off the tee. It's really close from my house, too, so I go there all the time," Yang said.