Lindblad is tied for fourth at the U.S. Women's Open
Ingrid Lindblad (USGA photo)
A tap-in birdie following a near hole-out approach shot on the 18th hole gave amateur Ingrid Lindblad
her second straight even-par round of 71 at the U.S. Women's Open being held at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC.
At 6-under 207 (65-71-71), Lindblad finds herself in a six-way tie for fourth place with one round remaining at Pine Needles on Sunday.
Playing in the second to last group, the LSU golfer got off to a blazing start on Saturday, making three birdies on the first four holes to move to 9-under for the tournament. Three bogeys on her inward nine before her strong finish on 18 led to an even par round of 71.
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"It (the start) helped a lot because I had a few bogeys in there," Lindblad told NBC. "On a few holes, I missed it on the fat side but didn’t quite hit the chip shot close so I had a little more trouble around the greens today but it was good to finish with that birdie on 18.”
At 6-under, Lindblad is seven strokes behind 54-hole leader Minjee Lee, who shot a 4-under par 67 to stand at 13-under par 200. Mina Harigae is three back of Lee at 10-under.
Lindblad's playing partner, world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, had this to say about the young Swedes round on Saturday: "It was very impressive. She was playing with a high level of confidence, and looking at her, I kind of looked at myself when I was an amateur. I also was playing with a lot of confidence, and after turning pro I had to think about a lot of things.”
USC commit Bailey Shoemaker
shot a 1-over 72 on Saturday and is tied for 24th place at 214 (+1). After carding a 1-under 70 in her third round, Japan's Saki Baba is part of a large pack tied for 31st place at 2-over 215. Rose Zhang
of Stanford is at 5-over 218 following a 75 on Saturday.
Lindblad will again be in the second-to-last-group on Sunday in the final round at 11:12 p.m. PT. The television coverage will begin on USA Network at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday with NBC to pick up the coverage at noon.
ABOUT THE U.S. Women's Open
The U.S. Women's Open is the biggest tournament in
women's golf and one of 14 national
championships conducted by the USGA. The
event is open to any female who has a USGA
Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4.
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