The scoring average for the 3rd round of Blackwolf Run is the highest yet this week at the U.S. Women's Open. Admittedly, that's partly because those who barely made the cut have been the first ones to finish and the best players in the field (so far at least) haven't yet made it to the back 9, which is open to a little better scoring than the front today, it seems. But when players of the caliber of Karrie Webb, Sun Young Yoo, and Ji-Hee Lee didn't break 80, when Angela Stanford and Ya Ni Tseng are in serious danger of joining them, and when some of the hottest golfers on the LPGA barely did it or are struggling to--Stacy Lewis is +7 through 13, Hee Kyung Seo is +7 through 10, Anna Nordqvist shot a 79, and Brittany Lang a 77--you know that no lead is safe today!
[Update 1 (3:18 pm): 81s for Stanford and Katherine Hull; 77 for LET standout Carlota Ciganda!]
[Update 2 (3:48 pm): Inbee Park is +5 through 8 today to fall all the way back to +2 overall. Lizette Salas is +4 through that same stretch to join her. Michelle Wie and Vicky Hurst are already +3 today.... Blackwolf Run is showing its teeth!]
[Update 3 (5:19 pm): How hard is it out there? So Yeon Ryu, the defending champion, needed to birdie 3 of her last 4 holes just to salvage a 74. +3 is now T15 and Ai Miyazato joined the big group there with a 75.]
[Update 4 (5:43 pm): Wow, with Michelle Wie +6, Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr +5, and Suzann Pettersen +4, how tough is this course and how great is Na Yeon Choi's round?]
[Update 5 (6:38 pm): More big numbers I haven't mentioned: Hee Kyung Seo shot an 80, Ya Ni Tseng fought back for a 78, Cristie Kerr shot a 77, and Inbee Park a 76. Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie will have to work hard on 18 to save 77s!]