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Lang's eight-under 63 put her tied for fourth going into Sunday's final round, five shots behind Venezuelan rookie Veronica Filibert who leads by four. Pettersen shot a two-under 69 and is T19 at -3.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The buzz going into the 1999 U.S. Women's Open at Old Waverly in steamy Mississippi was about Beth Bauer, the Duke star who was expected to take the LPGA by storm. But early in the week, anyone hanging out on the practice ranged noticed the ball was jumping off the club of Grace Park with a very special sound.When the tournament started, the stark contrast between the talent levels of the two became even more apparent. Both still amateurs, Park finished T-8 while Bauer missed the cut. By 2007, Bauer had retired without ever winning. On Friday, Park joined her, announcing she was walking away from the game while waiting to see if she would make the cut at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
"I have been thinking about it for awhile," Park said, fighting her emotions. "But after getting my health back and playing every event last year, I wanted to give it one last chance at becoming one of the top golfers again. I worked really hard, especially this last winter. But the truth was that my game just wasn't there. To be honest, it just wasn't fun. It was really painful and hard to deal with."
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Unlike the PGA Tour, the LPGA is in the enviable position of having a clear No. 1 player in Yani Tseng, who has a vintage Tiger Woods-like lead over the second-best player in women's golf. But what most fans don't realize is that No. 2 is Na Yeon Choi, a 24-year-old Korean who is as consistent as the ticking of a clock, with a repeating swing that is just as reliable.
Choi knows all about being second to Tseng. In 2008, she was runner-up to Yani for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award. And with five LPGA wins since then, Na Yeon has the most triumphs on tour in that time period than any player other than Tseng.
Na Yeon, who was 10 years old when she watched on TV as Se Ri Pak won the 1998 U.S. Women's Open, the first LPGA major won by a player from their homeland, is looking for her first major. On Thursday, she got off to a good start, firing a two-under-par 69 at Locust Hill CC in the first round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Na Yeon has yet to win this year, but has been second twice and picks up a check every time out, currently sitting at No. 6 on the money list this year and having amassed $6 million in career earnings.