Miyazato, Wie, Joh lead Canadian Open

Michelle Wie lines up a putt during the third round of the Canadian Womens Open at Hillsdale Golf...

Michelle Wie lines up a putt during the third round of the Canadian Womens Open at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club in Mirabel, Que., Aug. 27, 2011. (MARIE-CLAUDE FOREST/QMI Agency)

JON McCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 PM ET

MIRABEL, QUE. - Hillsdale Golf and Country Club dried out ... for a day.

Firmer conditions and tougher pin placements stopped the birdie barrage that highlighted the first two rounds of CN Canadian Women's Open.

When play began on Saturday morning the leaders were at 11-under par. When play ended Saturday evening, the leaders were just one stroke better at 12-under par.

Round 2 co-leader Ai Miyazato was joined by defending champion Michelle Wie and American rookie Tiffany Joh atop the leaderboard.

Despite shooting a four-under 68 on Saturday, Wie says she is still leaving too many putts on the course.

"It's kind of a fine line between making it and not making it," she said. "Hopefully I can go out there tomorrow (Sunday) and everything will kind of just drop in."

Miyazato is happy to be sharing the lead heading into the final round after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday.

"I tried to hang in there and tried to enjoy playing in the last group," she said. "I feel lucky because I'm still tied for the lead."

Making the biggest jump of the day was LPGA rookie Joh, who made every putt she looked at on the front nine, going out in a scorching 31 strokes. She finished her round seven-under for the day to grab a share of the lead.

"It was really surreal," Joh said after her round. "Every time I'd make a putt, I'd turn around and look at my caddie and be like: 'Wow, that went in.' "

The early story Saturday for Canadian golf fans was Sherbrooke, Que., native Maude-Aimee Leblanc. Leblanc thrilled the local fans shooting a 67 to get to eight-under and vault into contention.

She thanked the Canadian fans for keeping her calm during some tough stretches on Saturday.

"The crowd really helped me to accept some shots that I would usually be a little more frustrated with," she said. "They helped a lot."

While Leblancs success this week was a surprise to most golf fans, she was ready for it.

"Coming into this tournament, I liked the way I played and the way I've been hitting the ball lately. So I felt like I had as good of a chance as anybody." Despite all of the great storylines on the golf course, the talk on Saturday night was about the weather.

With Hurricane Irene hitting the east coast, heavy rain and winds are expected in the Montreal area Sunday.

"It's something that everyone's going to play under," Wie said about the weather. "I'm kind of expecting the worst as of right now." The defending champion said she won't let the course conditions bother her.

"Whether the conditions are good or bad, you still have to play well and there are still players to beat," she said.

Miyazato is okay with the wind but hopes it doesn't rain.

"I grew up in an area where it was windy, so I actually like playing in the wind," the Japanese star said. "But if it rains, it will definitely be difficult." Tournament organizers aren't taking any chances and have changed the schedule for Sunday's final round.

Players will tee off the first and 10th holes in threesomes beginning at 7 a.m. The leaders will tee off on the front nine a 9 a.m.

If golf fans at home don't want to spoil the drama, they better not check the Internet or listen to their radio because CBC will be broadcasting the final round on tape-delay beginning at 2 p.m.

Should the nasty weather come earlier there could be a Monday finish.

If the tournament has to be shortened to 54 holes, there will be a playoff between Miyazato, Wie and Joh.


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