US Women's Open R3

Yu Liu and Celine Boutier tied for lead heading into final day

May 30 – June 02
Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
$5,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Former Duke teammates Yu Liu of China and Celine Boutier of France are tied for the lead after three rounds.


Liu rallied from four shots behind when the round began with a 66 to get to 7 under. Former teammate on the 2014 NCAA championship squad, Boutier, shot a 69.

Liu and Boutier were a stroke in front of Lexi Thompson, Jaye Marie Green and Japan’s Mamiko Higa, the surprise leader the first two rounds.

Boutier held the lead at 8 under until she shot her only bogey of the round on 16 after stubbing a chip and needing a 21-footer to limit the damage. She won the Vic Open in February in Australia for her first LPGA Tour title.

Liu, in her first U.S. Women’s Open, made six birdies in a 13-hole stretch to move up after starting four shots off the lead. She’s winless on the tour.


Thompson powered her way into contention, going eagle-birdie on the 15th and 16th holes for a 68.

Green shot 68, her second sub-70 showing this week after entering with just one round in the 60s in five Open appearances.

Higa had an up-and-down round of three birdies and three bogeys to lose the lead she’s held much of the week. She finished with her second straight 71.

Boutier was among 45 players who couldn’t finish the second round Friday because of a weather delay and had to return before sun up to complete four holes before turning her focus to the third round.

23-year-old Liu had few expectations playing her first U.S. Women’s Open and fell five shots off the lead with a bogey on No. 3. But Liu had six birdies the rest of the way and will play the final group with one of her best friends on tour.

“We probably won’t talk much,” she said with a laugh.

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Thompson, who tied for fifth in this event last year, looked like she was fading with consecutive bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes to fall five shots behind. She rallied by reaching the par-5 15th in two and making a 30-foot putt for eagle. Her approach on the next hole landed five feet away for a birdie that left her a stroke in back.

Thompson has 11 top 10s in majors since her lone victory in the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, now called the ANA Inspiration. She said staying calm after the back-nine bogeys helped her stay in contention. “It’s tough not to let it get to you, but at a tournament like this, you can’t,” she said.

Jessica Korda was a shot off the lead when the round began, but fell three shots back after a 72.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Yu Liu
-7
69
71
66
206
T1
Celine Boutier
-7
67
70
69
206
T3
Jaye Marie Green
-6
71
68
68
207
T3
Lexi Thompson
-6
70
69
68
207
T3
Mamiko Higa
-6
65
71
71
207
6
Jeongeun Lee6
-5
70
69
69
208
T7
Gaby Lopez
-4
72
70
67
209
T7
Jessica Korda
-4
69
68
72
209
T9
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-3
73
71
66
210
T9
Minjee Lee
-3
71
69
70
210
T9
So Yeon Ryu
-3
71
68
71
210
T12
Ally McDonald
-2
72
72
67
211
T12
Ai Suzuki
-2
73
70
68
211
T12
Jin Young Ko
-2
72
70
69
211
T12
Sung Hyun Park
-2
71
69
71
211
T12
Sei Young Kim
-2
68
71
72
211
T12
Gina Kim (a)
-2
66
72
73
211
T18
Carlota Ciganda
-1
69
74
69
212
T18
Charley Hull
-1
72
70
70
212
T18
Caroline Masson
-1
70
71
71
212
T18
Angel Yin
-1
72
68
72
212
T22
Jeong Eun Lee
E
74
71
68
213
T22
Maria Fassi
E
72
73
68
213
T22
Chella Choi
E
72
72
69
213
T22
Gerina Piller
E
70
70
73
213
T22
Nelly Korda
E
69
71
73
213
T27
Jing Yan
1
73
72
69
214
T27
Brooke M. Henderson
1
72
73
69
214
T27
Ariya Jutanugarn
1
72
73
69
214
T27
Pornanong Phatlum
1
73
71
70
214
T27
Hina Arakaki
1
72
71
71
214
T27
Esther Henseleit
1
66
77
71
214
T27
Minami Katsu
1
72
70
72
214
T27
Ryann O’Toole
1
70
72
72
214
T35
Haeji Kang
2
73
72
70
215
T35
Katherine Kirk
2
73
72
70
215
T35
Eun-Hee Ji
2
72
72
71
215
T35
Wei-Ling Hsu
2
72
71
72
215
T35
Lizette Salas
2
71
71
73
215
T35
Inbee Park
2
70
70
75
215
T35
Azahara Munoz
2
68
72
75
215
T42
Wichanee Meechai
3
74
71
71
216
T42
Austin Ernst
3
71
73
72
216
T42
Jenny Shin
3
69
74
73
216
T45
Jennifer Chang (a)
4
75
70
72
217
T45
Rose Zhang (a)
4
75
70
72
217
T45
Ashleigh Buhai
4
74
71
72
217
T45
Patty Tavatanakit
4
74
71
72
217
T45
Lindy Duncan
4
72
73
72
217
T45
Maria Torres
4
72
73
72
217
T45
Mi Hyang Lee
4
71
73
73
217
T45
Morgan Pressel
4
70
72
75
217
T45
Dottie Ardina
4
71
70
76
217
T45
Moriya Jutanugarn
4
71
70
76
217
T55
Anna Nordqvist
5
75
70
73
218
T55
Tiffany Chan
5
75
70
73
218
T55
Lydia Ko
5
72
73
73
218
T55
Jasmine Suwannapura
5
71
73
74
218
T55
Misuzu Narita
5
69
75
74
218
T55
Aditi Ashok
5
72
71
75
218
T55
Megan Khang
5
72
71
75
218
T55
Peiyun Chien
5
75
66
77
218
T63
Brittany Lang
6
76
69
74
219
T63
Jiwon Jeon (a)
6
74
71
74
219
T63
Jennifer Kupcho
6
71
72
76
219
66
Andrea Lee (a)
7
69
72
79
220
T67
Brittany Altomare
8
70
75
76
221
T67
Hannah Green
8
76
68
77
221
T67
Eri Okayama
8
72
72
77
221
70
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
10
73
72
78
223
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
4
74
72
CUT
Paula Creamer
4
73
73
CUT
Amy Yang
4
72
74
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
4
71
75
CUT
Anne van Dam
4
71
75
CUT
Ji Hyun Kim
5
77
70
CUT
Amy Olson
5
77
70
CUT
Sierra Brooks (a)
5
75
72
CUT
Su Oh
5
75
72
CUT
Megan Osland
5
75
72
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
5
75
72
CUT
Marissa Steen
5
74
73
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
5
74
73
CUT
Shanshan Feng
5
73
74
CUT
Danielle Kang
5
73
74
CUT
Olafia Kristinsdottir
5
71
76
CUT
Mirim Lee
5
71
76
CUT
Emma Talley
5
70
77
CUT
Jiyai Shin
6
79
69
CUT
Sarah Kemp
6
76
72
CUT
Angela Stanford
6
76
72
CUT
Dori Carter
6
74
74
CUT
Fatima Fernandez Cano
6
74
74
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
6
74
74
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
6
74
74
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
74
74
CUT
Megan Furtney (a)
6
73
75
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
6
72
76
CUT
Saranporn Langkulgasettrin
6
72
76
CUT
Bronte Law
6
72
76
CUT
Yuka Saso (a)
6
71
77
CUT
Karine Icher
6
70
78
CUT
Auston Kim (a)
7
79
70
CUT
Jane Park
7
76
73
CUT
Alexa Pano (a)
7
75
74
CUT
Jenny Haglund
7
73
76
CUT
Hyo Joo Kim
7
71
78
CUT
Annie Park
8
79
71
CUT
Yuri Yoshida (a)
8
78
72
CUT
Karrie Webb
8
77
73
CUT
Cristie Kerr
8
76
74
CUT
Albane Valenzuela (a)
8
75
75
CUT
Jiyu Jung
8
74
76
CUT
Stephanie Meadow
8
74
76
CUT
Jimin Kang
8
73
77
CUT
Marina Alex
8
72
78
CUT
Supamas Sangchan
8
72
78
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
8
71
79
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
9
78
73
CUT
Sabrina Iqbal (a)
9
78
73
CUT
Celeste Dao (a)
9
77
74
CUT
Sandra Gal
9
75
76
CUT
Leona Maguire
9
75
76
CUT
Kaitlyn Papp (a)
9
74
77
CUT
Leonie Harm (a)
9
73
78
CUT
Stacy Lewis
10
77
75
CUT
Babe Liu
10
77
75
CUT
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
10
75
77
CUT
Jennifer Song
10
70
82
CUT
Megha Ganne (a)
11
81
72
CUT
Rachel Rohanna
11
79
74
CUT
Brigitte Dunne (a)
11
78
75
CUT
Amanda Hollandsworth
11
78
75
CUT
Emma Albrecht
11
77
76
CUT
Nanako Ueno (a)
11
77
76
CUT
Haruka Amamoto
11
76
77
CUT
Georgia Hall
11
75
78
CUT
Shannon Johnson (a)
11
75
78
CUT
In Gee Chun
11
74
79
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
12
74
80
CUT
Amy Ruengmateekhun
12
74
80
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
14
79
77
CUT
Karoline Stormo (a)
15
80
77
CUT
Prima Thammaraks
15
80
77
CUT
Delfina Acosta
15
78
79
CUT
Heather Bowie Young
15
78
79
CUT
Naomi Ko (a)
16
82
76
CUT
Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez
16
76
82
CUT
Dasom Ma (a)
17
83
76
CUT
Hayley Davis
18
78
82
CUT
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso
19
84
77
CUT
Ty Akabane (a)
19
77
84
CUT
Yan Liu
20
80
82
CUT
Laura Davies
21
80
83
CUT
Paris Hilinski (a)
22
83
81
CUT
Reagan Zibilski (a)
34
89
87