After three rounds at the season's first major, two of the biggest American names in the women's game sit atop the leaderboard. Here's how things look heading into the final round in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson share the lead:
What it means: Both Wie and Thompson have LPGA wins, but neither has a major title. Thompson began the day with a share of the lead along with Pak, but she was quickly joined by Wie, who has used tee-to-green efficiency to move into contention through three rounds.
Round of the day: Hull burst onto the scene as part of the victorious European Solheim Cup squad last year, but she reasserted herself Saturday on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The 18-year-old shot a bogey-free 66 in the third round, an effort that moved her from the middle of the pack into a tie for third. Hull birdied three straight from Nos. 7-9, then added three more on her inward half during a round in which she needed only 26 putts.
Best of the rest: While Jee Young Lee carded a 5-under 67, the second-best honors go to Wie, who grabbed a share of the lead thanks to a bogey-free 68. Wie birdied four of her first 11 holes to climb the leaderboard and reached 16 of 18 greens in regulation. She has missed only eight greens thus far this week, a large reason for her position at the top of the standings.
Biggest disappointment: Shanshan Feng held the first-round lead after a 66, but ever since she has failed to find her footing. Feng fell back with a second-round 73, then shot an even-par 72 Saturday to once again lose ground. The former LPGA champion has required 33 putts in each of her last two rounds, and as a result will begin the final day in a tie for seventh, five shots off the pace.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Take your pick: Wie, or Thompson? A win from either one would be a huge coup for the LPGA. At the same time, a win from Hull could be a huge story on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and Pak remains in contention as she searches for a sixth major title in the one championship that has eluded her the most. At this point, it's difficult to throw a dart at the leaderboard without finding an incredibly compelling storyline.