KOHLER, Wis. - As Na Yeon Choi surged despite windy conditions, Michelle Wie faded.
Choi shot a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, taking control of the tournament with a six-stroke lead over fellow South Korean Amy Yang.
Wie, a 22-year-old from Honolulu who was one shot back after two rounds, carded a 78 to fall 10 behind.
Michelle Wie reacts to her shot off the 18th tee during the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Saturday.
"It was a lot of fun being in contention," Wie said. "I'm still not out of it. Don't count me out just yet."
Choi, who has five career LPGA Tour victories and tied for second in the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, was at 8-under 208. Only four players ever have posted a lower round in the Open, and the 65 tied the lowest third round in the event's history.
"I couldn't believe how I got eight birdies today," Choi said. "But I did. And I'm very happy, and I'm very satisfied and I'm very excited."
Choi and Yang (69) were the only players to break 70 in the round. Mika Miyazato (73), Sandra Gal (74) and 17-year-old Lexi Thompson (72) were the only other players under par for the tournament.
Second-round leader Pettersen (78) slid to 1 over.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng also had a 78 and was 8 over.
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