It was definitely an exciting week for the LPGA’s first major. The three Nike Golf athletes in the field all improved after starting a bit slow in Round 1. All the ladies played better in the week progressed and they should all be proud of their performances.
Stacy Lewis recaptured her Round 2 lead from Yani Tseng, giving Stacy her first LPGA Major. Stacy also finished T19 at this event last year.
Here’s a recap for each of the Nike Golf ladies;
6 :: Michelle Wie :: 74 67 69 75 :: -3
after round 3, 4th
It would have been a stretch for Michelle to make a push for the crown, as she was 6 shots back to start the day. Only 8 ladies shot under par today, as the conditions were similar to round 1. However, you could tell Michelle was really trying to push for the win, as her scoring became somewhat erradic. She made 1 birdie, 1 eagle, 4 bogeys and finished with a double bogey on the 18th hold. Michelle would have been solo 3rd if she made a par on the last hole. While her putts and GIR remained constant throughout the tournament, her driving distance dropped significantly on the final round.
There’s a lot to be happy about for Michelle, though. This is her first Top 10 in a major since 2006. Also, in her past 7 majors, she has 6 Top 30’s. This should a great year for Michelle.
T19 :: Suzann Pettersen :: 75 71 72 72:: +2
after round 3, T28
The Top 10 streak has been snapped at 4 for Suzann at this event, but she battled back with some solid golf in the past 3 rounds. It was a 4 birdie, 4 bogey day for SPetts, as she stayed consistent with her GIR and putts in each round.
For Suzann, this is her 4th straight Top 20 in LPGA Majors and she’s had 2 Major Top 10’s in each of the last two years. I don’t see that changing any time soon.
T41 :: Amanda Blumenherst :: 74 73 73 74:: +6
after round 3, T49
Another good improvement for AB. The girl was ridiculous consistent for her first time playing this event as a professional. It was a 2 birdie, 4 bogey day for Amanda, but she should really be happy the way she played.
Last year was her official LPGA Rookie Year and didn’t fare too well in the majors (DNP, 71, CUT, CUT). She’s already off to a better start and hopefully she played in all 4 majors this season.
Great job to each of the Nike athletes. They improved each day and let’s hope they improve the more events they play, too.
Here are links to all of NGNation’s coverage during the LPGA’s first major;
Next up…The Masters!