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Inbee Park holds a four-stroke lead entering the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open. A win would make her the first to win the LPGA’s first three majors.
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World’s top player on cusp of history at Open

– Inbee Park was mad, even if it didn’t show in her always-placid demeanor.

She had made bogey, her third straight, on a hole she thought she should have birdied, and the world’s top-ranked player was looking a bit shaky.

Time for a clutch putt.

Park is now one round away from history, leading the U.S. Women’s Open by four strokes. She shot 1-under 71 Saturday in harsh conditions at Sebonack and was 10 under for the tournament.

Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim had a 73 to remain in second, but she lost two strokes to Park. With the wind whipping, the course set up long and the pin placements tricky, Park was the only player under par in the third round.

No one has ever won the first three majors in a year when there were at least four.

“I’m just going to try to do the same thing that I did for the last three days,” Park said. “Yeah, it will be a big day. But it’s just a round of golf, and I just try not to think about it so much.”

She wasn’t too disappointed by her bogeys on the 11th and 12th; those were tough holes. But on the par-5 13th, her chip on her third shot rolled into the bunker when it should have put her in position for a birdie putt.

She still led by three strokes but appeared vulnerable – at least by her recently lofty standards.

“That bogey was a bad bogey,” Park said, “so after that, I really got my concentration going.”

She was unlucky, then lucky on the par-4 14th. She thought her second shot would be pushed back by the wind, but it carried too far and settled on the ridge above the hole. No worries: Park simply holed a 30-foot putt for birdie.

“That was a big putt for me,” she said. “Those three bogeys were very tough to handle in the kind of situation that I was in.”

A hole later, she made a 15-foot birdie putt.

It looked as though nobody would break par for the day until she birdied No. 18. Only five players were under par for the tournament.

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff (74) was third at 3 under. She had to play 21 holes Saturday after the second round was suspended the night before because of fog. Park had good timing Friday: Her group was on the 18th fairway when the horn sounded, so she was able to finish.

PGA: In Bethesda, Md., a triple bogey for Bill Haas. Double bogeys for Andres Romero and Roberto Castro. They still wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the AT&T National with James Driscoll, whose third round was pleasantly dull.

Castro put the right finishing touch on a wild day at Congressional when he hit into the water on the 18th, then chipped in for par from 80 feet for a 71. Haas made nine birdies and had to settle for a 68. Romero lost a three-shot lead in two holes and wound up with a 70. Driscoll had a 68, his third straight round in the 60s.

They were at 7-under 206.

CHAMPIONS: In Pittsburgh, Fred Couples birdied three of the final five holes for a 3-under 67 and a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior Players Championship.

Couples completed a 62 in the morning in the rain-delayed second round and had a 15-under 195 total at Fox Chapel.

EUROPEAN: In Maynooth, Ireland, Dutch golfer Joost Luiten will take a one-shot lead into the final round at the Irish Open.

Luiten moved to 13 under and one ahead of Pablo Larrazabal of Spain after both players shot bogey-free 6-under 66s at Carton House.

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