Yang maintains US Open lead

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Amy Yang will head into the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open with a three-shot lead after carding a one-under 69 on Saturday.

The South Korean and playing partner Stacey Lewis began the day separated by three shots, and they ended it in the same manner after both producing up and down rounds.

Yang finds herself on eight-under after three rounds, with Lewis within striking distance at five-under. Gee Chun is next best on four-under, with Shiho Oyama a further shot back in fourth, one clear of a group of four players that includes defending champion Michelle Wie and world number one Inbee Park.

Yang produced four birdies and three bogeys in her round of 69, and by the 13th had carved out a four-stroke advantage. However, a two-shot swing at the 14th saw the American draw within two. Lewis, who like Yang carded four birdies and three bogeys, could not maintain that pressure though, with a bogey at the 17th following a three-putt pushing Yang’s lead back to three.

The 20-year-old Chun, who is making her debut at the tournament, climbed into contention on the back of a round of 68. Oyama is a further shot back after a disappointing round of 71 in which she struggled to get going. The Japanese golfer picked up her lone stroke at the 11th after taking the turn in 37 after a double bogey at the par-four fifth hole.

After a two-over 72 on the opening day, Wie’s title defence has gained momentum with back-to-back rounds of 68 to sit six shots back on two-under. She is joined there by Park who fired a level-par round of 70 which included a lone birdie at the fifth and a bogey at the 14th.

A record-breaking round of 64 vaulted Chella Choi into contention after she set a new U.S. Women’s Open nine-hole record by firing a 29 on the front nine. The South Korean had a three-foot putt for a share of the one-round scoring record at the tournament, but she was unable to sink it.

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