Cheyenne Woods has gone 69-67-71 in the 1st 3 rounds of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters to take a 1-shot lead on 2nd-round co-leader Stacy Lee Bregman, a 2-shot lead on amateur sensation Minjee Lee, and a 3-shot lead on Trish Johnson and Camilla Lennarth into the final round.
In a crazy week during which Karrie Webb got DQed after the 2nd round, former world #1 and recent TLPGA winner Ya Ni Tseng is hanging with LET standouts Lee-Anne Pace and Melissa Reid 12 shots off the pace, other 2014 winners like Jessica Korda (-4), Joanna Klatten (-4), and Mi Hyang Lee (-1) are tiny dots in Woods's rear-view mirror, expected contenders like Gwladys Nocera (-4), Caroline Hedwall (-2), and Chella Choi (-1) are also back in the pack, and other much-heralded young golfers like Minsun Kim (-6), Xi Yu Lin (-5), Charley Hull (-4), and Kyu-Jung Baek (-3) are hardly any closer to the lead, Woods has been a birdie machine, making 17 of them already this week, with 7 coming in a roller-coaster round today. Oh yeah, and she eagled the long par-4 1st hole yesterday, too. Could this be her week to break through for her 1st professional victory?
Given that 63s have been the final-round winning scores the last 2 ALPG events, this is no time to be handing Woods the trophy. But wouldn't it be cool if she grabbed it tomorrow?