Lydia Ko plummets out of US Women's Open contention

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Despite the setback, she improved on the back nine, carding two birdies on the 12 and 13 hole. "We just want to be able to show our support for (the players) and our objections to Donald Trump - the fact that the LPGA still had to have it here in light of all the comments and actions that he's taken that are contrary to women's rights".

Former world number one Lewis, victor of 11 LPGA Tour events, ran off four birdies in a row from the seventh hole to reach seven under par for the championship, one behind Feng at the time. "Putting didn't really work today", said the Chinese world No. 6, victor of seven LPGA Tour events including the 2012 LPGA Championship.

Amateur Hye-Jin Choi wound up losing to rookie Sung Hyun Park by two strokes, and Trump - who was wearing a trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat - disappointed many in the crowd by leaving without presenting the silver trophy cup. "I just focus on my own game and let's see what happens".

Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (70) and fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur (68) tied for third at 7 under.

Park needed a fine chip from over the green on the par-5 18th hole to save par, and she got a thumps-up from Trump as she walked to sign her scorecard.

But Donald Trump Jr. was a no-show amid continuing controversy over his Trump Tower meeting previous year with a Russian lawyer and a former Soviet counterintelligence officer. I know I can go to my putting game as well as I have been sinking a good number of them.

"Yes, quite a few Korean players on the top leaderboard", said Park, who said the course is similar to some in South Korea. After finally getting the ball on the green, she missed her bogey putt then suffered a lip-out before getting the ball into the hole. She had five 5s, a bogey and a double bogey, which came on No. 3 after a bad shot out of a bunker. The professionals were also presumably demoralized at being upstaged - golfer Lexi Thompson told the AP she was aware most of the spectators were not even really watching her play.

Park played the back nine in 6 under.

Playing with Feng, Jeongeun6 Lee had a insane round that started with three straight bogeys.

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