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Los Angeles (AFP)
Dangerous weather interrupted the final round of the 75th US Women’s Open on Sunday, keeping the leaders in the clubhouse and increasing the odds of finishing the last major championship of the year on Monday.
2019 British Women’s Open champion Hinako Shibuno of Japan led four-under par 209 after three innings with American Amy Olson one stroke at Champions Golf Club in Houston, TX.
Shibuno, 22, is trying to win her US Women’s Open debut as she made her major debut last year. The “Smiling Cinderella” won four times last year on the Japan LPGA Tour.
The golfers were in a trio and the tee times had been moved early to try to finish at sunset, but the last three leading groups had not stopped when play was halted about 25 minutes before the start of Shibuno. .
The event was postponed from June due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which also prevented spectators from attending.
Olson, in search of her first LPGA title after 147 starts, would be the first player to make the US Women’s Open her first LPGA title since Hilary Lunke in 2003.
Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and South Korean Kim2 Ji-yeong were the only other below par players after 54 holes, each of 212.
Moriya, whose only LPGA title arrived at the 2018 Los Angeles Open, could join her sister Ariya as the US Women’s Open champion, becoming the first siblings to each win the crown.
Kim2 reduced the number and shot a 67 without a bogey on Saturday to enter.
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