Saturday, August 05, 2006

Weetabix British Open - 3rd Round

Wow! Exactly the opposite of what I expected happened Saturday (maybe you should have placed a bet on it!) - Juli Inkster not only allowed her competitors to catch her, she let one of them blow right past her. Two double-bogeys and a round of 74 allowed Sherri Steinhauer and her 66 to take a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Weetabix British Open. Lorena Ochoa did Steinhauer one better - 65, that is - to climb into a four-way tie for second.

Raise your hand if you knew Steinhauer has won this event twice before. Well I sure didn't - guess I missed that in my pre-tourney research. In fact she won it back-to-back; only the second one in '99 counts as a Major. She's probably ticked off about that bit of accounting. Ochoa's round of 65 was her first one under par this week. Inkster, Karen Stupples, and Sophie Gustafson share second place entering the final round. Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis, and Candie Kung lurk 4 shots back.

Unfortunately I missed today's coverage on ABC, but I'll assume the playing conditions were ideal. Other than Inkster, everyone currently in the top 12 (14 total players) broke par. That certainly was not the case either of the first two days.

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