|Ai Miyazato of Japan hits off the 4th tee in the 2nd round of the U.S. Women's Open. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)
The U.S. Women's Open continued its battle with Mother Nature on Saturday -- and, unfortunately, Mother Nature is winning.
After the second round was finally completed in the afternoon, the third round got underway but players were on the course for just 44 minutes before being brought in for yet another weather delay at The Broadmoor.
After waiting a few hours, officials suspended play.
The third round will resume at 8:45 a.m. (et) Sunday and the final round will likely spill into a Monday finish.
Mika Miyazato posted a four-under 67 in round two to grab the 36-hole lead at five-under-par 137. She is one stroke clear and searching for her first LPGA Tour title.
Ai Miyazato, who is no relation to Mika, shot a three-under 68 and is in second place at minus-four.
I.K. Kim, who was alone atop the leaderboard when play was called for the night on Friday, closed out a two-under 69 earlier Saturday and is third at three-under-par 139.
Kraft Nabisco champion Stacy Lewis and Ryann O'Toole share fourth at minus- one.
Defending champion Paula Creamer is one of six players tied for sixth at even- par 142.
Mika Miyazato played her entire second round earlier Saturday and got off to a fast start. After a pair of pars, she poured in three straight birdie chances from the third to jump to minus-four.
The 21-year-old converted birdie efforts on the ninth and 10th to jump into the lead at six-under par. Miyazato tripped to a bogey on the par-four 13th, then parred the last five holes to pick up the third 36-hole lead of her LPGA Tour career.
"I played so well today," Mika Miyazato said through a translator after her second round. "I played aggressive golf today."
Ai Miyazato, who was playing two groups behind Mika, had a steady front nine with a single birdie on the par-five third. That got her to minus-two and she made the turn at the number after she parred the other eight holes on the front nine.
The six-time LPGA winner tripped to the only bogey of her round on the 11th. Miyazato erased that mistake with a birdie on No. 12 and closed with birdies on 17 and 18 to get within one of the lead.
"I missed a few fairways today, but I got up-and-down like five times," she said. "I got really patient during the round. But it's really, really tough to play. I'm kinda tired already."
Of the players on the course, five golfers had finished three holes. Meena Lee was two-under after three holes to move to plus-two for the championship and was the closest player to the leaders.
NOTES: The previous two times she has held at least a piece of the 36-hole lead, Mika Miyazato finished tied for eighth and sixth respectively...The final threesome is now scheduled to tee off just after 10 a.m. (et) on Sunday...Players will remain in the same groups for the final round...The last Monday finish was in 2006, when Annika Sorenstam downed Pat Hurst in the last 18-hole playoff at this championship.