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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Turnberry Shows Its Teeth

You expect wild weather swings in Scotland at an Open. The LPGA has certainly experienced it all so far.

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.

Suzann Pettersen at Turnberry

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
And if any of them stumble, McBride proved a great round is out there even in the worst of it.

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.

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