World number one Sung Hyun Park is another shot back and threatening to successfully defend her title while Australia’s Su Oh and Austin Ernst are three shots from the lead and tied for 5th.
When reminded after her round of her position (not that she needed such) Henderson responded; “That's pretty sweet. Coming into this week, if you would have told me that, I would have been very excited.
“I'm definitely in a good position heading into the final round, which is very exciting, and I feel like these crowds this week have been totally amazing, and I've been playing well for them, so I'm happy about that.
“Hopefully I can just go out and get close to that 6-under round, not so close to this 2-under round that I had today. But the conditions have changed a lot over the course of the week, and today it played really tough, and I think you can see that on the leaderboard, as well.
“People were having some trouble with it. Hopefully go out tomorrow, make a lot of birdies, and just kind of see what happens.”
With the possibility of rain and winds tomorrow Henderson talked about her last LPGA Tour victory coming in similar conditions.
“I won in New Zealand last year, and it was exactly that. So I definitely have something to think back on. But I think I'll just kind of have to grind it out tomorrow, just take whatever the course gives you.”
Both Henderson and Hataoka bogeyed their final hole today but Hataoka is back in form after a disappointing trip to Britain with a good finish in Indianapolis and now contending for her second title this year.
Victorian Oh’s season has begun to build after a slow start to the year and tomorrow she has a chance at least of winning her first LPGA Tour title.
A birdie at the last today kept her chances alive of producing something special tomorrow but she has a task to get past the likes of Henderson, Hataoka and Park.
Not that Oh is the only Australian hope as Minjee Lee is just four from the lead, rebounding from a second round 73 with a second best of the day 67 to be at 10 under and tied for 7th.
But for Brooke Henderson tomorrow looms as one of the highlights of her young but already significant career.
It might not be in name necessarily but the event is essentially her national open and as such a treasured opportunity that rarely comes along and whether that offers inspiration or a burden too much to bare remains to be seen.
RULES: BALL MOVED BY WIND
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