US Women's Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Players Who Will Collapse in Round 4

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2012

KOHLER, WI - JULY 07:  Na Yeon Choi of South Korea waits on the 16th green during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open on July 7, 2012 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open are in the books with Round 4 set to commence on Sunday. The leaderboard is still jumbled besides Na Yeon Choi's six-stroke lead at the top.

Let's take a look at how the tournament's top 10 looks through the first three frames.


*For a complete leaderboard, click here.


Place Player Score
1 Na Yeon Choi -8
2 Amy Yang -2
T3 Lexi Thompson -1
T3 Mika Miyazato -1
T3 Sandra Gal -1
6 Vicky Hurst E
T7 Paula Creamer +1
T7 Nicole Castrale +1
T7 Lizette Salas +1
T7 Inbee Park +1

*Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen are also one-over par.


The leaders look this way entering Sunday's action, but the final leaderboard will look much different. Some players have gotten better as the tournament has rolled along, while others have slowly faded a a bit. They may still be near the front of the pack, but they won't remain there for long.

Let's take a look at three leaders who will fall off in Round 4 action.


Vicky Hurst

Hurst was three-over par on Saturday after shooting a 71 and a 70 on the tournament's first two days. She wasn't on her best game on Saturday and she appears to be fading fast.

She showed her worth in the first two days, but the moment may be too much. An eight-stroke deficit is insurmountable unless she finds her stroke on Sunday.

Hurst is a powerful player with a solid mid-range game, but she has work to do otherwise. She will need to start strong on Sunday to make a run.


Lizette Salas

Salas faded on the tournament's third day, and her descent will continue into Sunday. She hasn't finished higher than 15th in a tournament this year and it's beginning to show.

Salas shot a 75 on Saturday after opening the tournament with two very good days. Now she is way behind the eight-ball.

She will need to cut down the simple mistakes in Round 4 in order to make a comeback. If she doesn't, expect her to land outside the leaderboard's top 10.


Amy Yang

Yang is fighting an uphill battle to take over the tournament lead. She's two-under par through three rounds, but the effort will become too much.

She has fought with all she has through Saturday, even saving her best round for Round 3 when she shot a 69. A second-place finish is nothing to be disappointed in, but her strive for first place will land her lower on the leaderboard on Sunday.

Yang is going to look for perfect shots on Sunday. If she hits them she could stay put, but she will barely miss the mark.