Thursday the morning was fairly calm and things got a little rougher in the afternoon. All told, 52 players broke par.
Friday turned wet and nasty. To give you a comparison, the field was 28-under on the back nine Thursday. They were 539-over on Friday. Overall the course played 5 shots harder. Only 5 players broke par. Suzann Pettersen's 69 (-3) was the low round of the day until Maria McBride managed to post a 66 (-6) literally in the dark. If it hadn't been for the light from the electric scoreboard at the 18th, she wouldn't have been able to finish.
And Saturday the wind dropped a bit and the sun even came out for a while. Even with that, only 14 players are still under par.
This event is still wide open. The lead, entering the final round, is -8; after the first round it was only -7. And the weather is supposed to turn a bit nasty again today.
Once you get past leaders Jin-Young Ko and Teresa Lu, whose names may not be familiar to you -- Lu has one LPGA win and this is Ko's first major appearance -- the leaderboard is loaded with familiar names:
- -7, Suzann Pettersen
- -6, Mika Miyazato
- -5, Inbee Park, Minjee Lee, Lydia Ko
- -4, Mel Reid, So Yeon Ryu
ESPN2's live coverage begins at 10am ET today, and there will be a one-hour wrap-up show on ABC at 5pm ET in case you miss the live coverage.