A sampling of opinion, observations and wit collected during the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open:
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Going to Sunday at @usopengolf -2 Yang & Wie; +2 Inkster; Meadow; NY Choi; MJ Lee. I still think even par will be the winning score.
Golf writer Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Perhaps the best story of the day is Juli Inkster – the 53yo (turns 54 next wk) fired a -4 66 today, currently T3 at the #USWomensOpen!
LPGA@LPGA: Watch out for the Hall of Famer! @JuliInkster is -3 thru 7 today and now T10 at +3. She said earlier this week it’s her last #USWomensOpen.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: And @JuliInkster is -3 thru 7 today to get to +3 and T-10. Top-10 get exemption into next year’s Women’s @usopengolf.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: The 66 by @JuliInkster is the low round of the day by 3 strokes so far.
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: All of a sudden Juli Inkster is T-3 at US Women’s Open … Fay Crocker (45) oldest woman to win a major, won Titleholders in ’60. Juli’s 53.
N&O’s Chip Alexander@ice_chip: U.S. Women’s Open hole locations (Saturday) almost identical to third round of U.S. Open, which could be bad news for players. #USWomensOpen.
N&O’s Laura Keeley@laurakeeley: Stacy Lewis skulled her second shot on No. 3. Flew off the green, landed on the fringe of the fifth green #USOpen.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: The @USGA releases actual yardage for Saturday’s 3rd round: Out 3,103 In 3,167 Total 6,270. The shortest set-up of week by 21 yards.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: USGA set aside 4-and-a-half hours today because of tough hole locations. They finished in 4 hours.
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Amy Yang’s major champ record tells you she’s ready to win. She’s 24 & has 6 finishes of T-5 or better in majors, 2nd at US W Open in ’12.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Coming into Pinehurst, @themichellewie had shot in the 60s twice in 30 @usopengolf rounds. She’s done it twice this week.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Wie can’t get up & down at 1st, misses 4-footer for par. Lexi two putts for par. Wie’s lead down to two.
N&O’s ACC Now@accnow: Early drama during third round of U.S. Women’s Open, as Wie’s lead dips to 2. Drama is good. More, please.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Lexi more like 30 feet at 3rd, jars it for birdie and clenches fist w/ fans roaring.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Wie answers w/ birdie from 10 feet, another roar, good stuff.
N&O’s ACC Now@accnow: Wie and Lexi going at it on the weekend, just like @ice_chip thought would be the case when picking our US Women’s Open cover story, pics.
Golf writer Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Great crowds here for @usopengolf following @themichellewie & @lexi … Similar size galleries today compared to men.
Golfweek writer Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: Just when it looked like Lexi might pull another Kraft, she doubles the 8th and goes long on No. 9. Momentum belongs to Wie.
Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: That’s a five-shot swing in two holes, golf fans. Lexi goes double-double. Wie plays 8 and 9 in 1 under.
N&O’s Luke DeCock@LukeDeCock: Lexi Thompson takes relief near grandstand, drops and ball rolls right into divot in drop zone. That’s an exceedingly bad break. #usopen
Caulton Tudor@caultontud: #USWomensOpen I keep wondering if Larry Fedora is envious of Lexi Thompson’s Red Bull visor collection.
N&O’s Andrew Carter@_andrewcarter: @CaultonTudor But does she have the actual stuff shipped to her office by the pallet full, like he does?
Caulton Tudor@caultontudor: @_andrewcarter Good point. Besides, I think that much Bull might be bad for your putting touch.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: I’ve got my umbrella, my rain pants and my harmonica so I’m ready for the weather delay …
Brittany Lincicome after shooting 69 Saturday@Brittany1golf: Hey @usopengolf can I go back and play Thursdays round again. I’m starting to figure it out now LOL. Had a great day today #Happygirl
Golfweek writer Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: In case you aren’t near a TV, Lucy Li has made it into the last group after all … as a spectator. #thisisyourlife.