Eun-Hee Ji, coming off her first top-10 in more than two years, was solid again off the tee on the unforgiving Locust Hill Country Club course, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and reaching 11 of 14 greens in regulation. That gave her an impressive total of 39 GIRs in 54 holes.
“I always trying hard,” said Ji, who captured the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open with a birdie putt on the final hole. “My confidence is going lower last year. I’m a little bit nervous, but I’m trying to be hopeful and just playing my game.”
Giulia Sergas, who shared the first-round lead but had a 76 on Friday in the wind-swept second round, moved back near the top with four birdies on the front nine and also finished with a 69. Sergas was tied at 2 under with Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen and Inbee Park. Lewis, a two-time winner in her last three events, had a 70, Pettersen shot a 71, and Park had a 72.
Paula Creamer was at or near the top most of the day, but faltered at the end and finished with a 73. She was in a seven-way tie at 1 under.
Defending champion Yani Tseng had her best round of the three days, finishing with at 74 after a 76 and a 75. Jenny Shin is 5 shots behind the leader, Eun-Hee Ji. 12 of the top 30 golfers on the leaderboard are Asians.