The blanket of fog that kept conditions cool during the first two rounds of the US Women’s Open vanished overnight and bright sunshine shone down on the San Francisco Olympic Club as the major’s third round began on Saturday.

The dense sea layer and the accompanying icy wind made it difficult to drive from the tee through the first 36 holes, which made the hilly and difficult Lake Course even more challenging for the field.

Despite the warmer weather, few players were able to gain a lot of traction at the beginning on Saturday, where challenging hole positions and the ankle-high rough caused a lot of frustration.

The best round among the early starters belonged to American Angel Yin, who was three under par over 16 holes, which reduced her score to two over par for the tournament but was still way behind the lead.

The front runner Yuka Saso of the Philippines, who was six under 136 in her first two laps, was due to tee off at 14:35 local time alongside Lee6 Jeong-eun, who follows her in one fell swoop.

New Jersey high school student Megha Ganne, who made the tournament talk after coming out of nowhere to become the first-round co-leader, is currently two strokes behind and will play in the pair just ahead of Saso.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker took to Twitter Saturday to encourage Ganne ahead of her round.

“In awe of New Jersey’s Megha Ganne and her spectacular performance at the @USWomensOpen,” he wrote.

“I wish her the best of luck in the next round! #JerseyPride.”

The tweet comes a day after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also encouraged the lovable 17-year-old Ganne. Continue reading

The 76th edition of the Major is the first time it has been played at the legendary Olympic Club, a course that has hosted five men’s US Open.

The men’s US Open will also be held this month in California in Torrey Pines, Southern California.

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