Na Yeon Choi took command of the U.S. Women's Open on Saturday by shooting a blistering seven-under 65. That score tied the lowest ever in the third round of the Women's Open.
It also served notice that Choi has arrived.
The 24-year-old is well on her way to a first career major championship, and it should end up being one of many.
After the third round on Saturday, Choi was eight-under and had a six-shot lead. That round was a whopping 12 shots better than Saturday's average score of 77. This shouldn't be a surprise, though, and we can expect that kind of dominance in the future, after what Choi has shown in her short career so far.
Since joining the LPGA in 2008, Choi has five tour wins and has finished in the top eight of each of the four major championships. She also won the Vare Trophy in 2010—which is given to the player with the lowest scoring average for the season—and was the tour's top money winner ($1,871,165.50) that year, as well.
In 2010, Choi finished second at the U.S. Women's Open and third at the Women's British Open. Clearly she has been on the verge of a breakout for some time now.
Entering this weekend, Choi was 10th on the LPGA's money list, and is the fifth-ranked player in the world; the South Korean is poised to jump up in the rankings.
Choi also won five LPGA events and seven titles on the Korean tour. But by winning the U.S. Open she will vault herself into another level of stardom.
And it should just be the first of many big wins.