Chella Choi (-6) and Brittany Lincicome (-6)
12:22 p.m. – 1st Tee
One-stroke back to start the third round, Chella Choi and Brittany Lincicome enter moving day at six-under par. Choi took the lead early on day one with a 66 and has positioned herself for her fourth top-11 in five weeks. The Korean has her father as her long-time caddie and the advice he’s shared with her over the past few weeks has taken her game to the next level as she looks to win her first major title and second time on the LPGA Tour.
Like Choi, Lincicome found a spark heading into the week. Known as one of the longer hitters on Tour, she’s been wayward with her tee shots in recent weeks which has cost her. Some of those struggles were related to a wrist injury she suffered during the week of the Kingsmill Championship, but a cortisone shot last week has her feeling better this week. Now that she’s got her driver back on track, she’s in the hunt for her third major title.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff (-6) and Amy Yang (-6)
12:31 p.m. – 1st Tee
It’s becoming crunch time for players looking to earn their way onto their respective Solheim Cup teams and Jodi Ewart Shadoff is making a case at the season’s second major. Ewart Shadoff finished fourth just a few weeks ago in Canada and she’s carried that momentum to Chicago where she posted a bogey-free, 66 on Friday to climb into contention. She finished tied for 17th at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee and has three top-10s in majors. She’ll play alongside Amy Yang, a constant presence atop the leaderboard in major championships with 15 top-10s. She told the media Friday she plans to stick to her game plan and remain patient through the weekend in hopes of breaking through for that first major title. Both Ewart Shadoff and Yang sit one-back on moving day.
Danielle Kang (-7) and Sei Young Kim (-7)
12:40 p.m. -1st Tee
Two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang slept on a share of the 36-hole lead with Sei Young Kim. The pair start moving day at seven under par after firing rounds of 66 on Friday to jump into the lead. Kang, like Ewart Shadoff, is looking to play her way into the Solheim Cup for the first time in her career. She’s in position to capture her first win on Tour and first major title. Kim, also looking for her first major title, is a six-time winner on Tour since joining in 2015. She’s already won once this season in Mexico but has since had mixed results since, with a tie for fifth at Kingsmill followed by a missed cut, withdraw and tie for 22nd in Michigan.