Webb of Australia plays a shot on the eighteenth
fairway during the fourth round of the Australian
Women's Golf Open at The Victoria Golf Club in
Melbourne, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
— Karrie Webb and Angela Stanford were so close down the
stretch Saturday at the HSBC Women's Champions, matching
each other birdie for birdie, that Stanford only sees one
way to get the advantage in Sunday's final round.
going to send Webbie a six-pack (of beer) tonight,"
wasn't sure that would help. "I'll probably drink
wine coolers," the Australian veteran said.
players set up a showdown between former HSBC champions
after finishing off their third rounds with identical
birdies over three of the last five holes Saturday to
separate themselves slightly from the rest of the crowded
2011 winner, shot a 70 to move to 11-under 205, one stroke
ahead of 2012 champion Stanford, who had a 69.
have a chance to be the first repeat champion of the
tournament, although on two different courses. Both
players picked up their first HSBC crown at Singapore's
Tanah Merah Country Club and this year's event is being
played at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Stanford said, there are enough other quality players
within striking range after a momentum-shifting day that
anybody could claim the title.
really not worth looking at (the leaderboard)," she
said. "You just know a lot of people are going to be
at the top."
those chasing Webb and Stanford are Spain's Azahara Munoz,
who fired an eagle and four birdies for a 5-under 67, the
low round of the day; and Taiwan's Teresa Lu, who gave up
her LPGA membership in 2010 to concentrate on playing in
Japan. Both are tied for third at 8-under 208.
Paula Creamer, who briefly held the lead with Webb and
Munoz on Saturday, had six birdies to go with three bogeys
to sit in fifth place at 7 under.
Pressel of the United States was at 6 under, Norway's
Suzann Pettersen was another stroke back at 5 under, and
Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi
were in joint eighth at 4 under.
seven-time major winner, led the first two rounds in
Singapore, but started out slowly on Saturday. She played
her front nine at even par and then bogeyed the 10th hole
to go to 1 over, allowing the rest of the field to close
when I was not giving myself a lot of good birdie
opportunities early on, I had to tell myself it's
Saturday, there's plenty of golf left to be played and
just to be patient," she said. "And fortunately
I listened to myself for a change."
turned it around on the 153-yard, par-3 14th hole, where
she struck her tee shot to within a couple feet of the
hole for an easy birdie putt. Next came a chip shot from
the fairway on the 16th which rolled in for birdie to give
her a two-stroke lead again.
stayed with Webb, though, as the other challengers fell
back. Not to be outdone on the 14th, the American placed
her tee shot even closer than Webb's — a mere inches —
leading to birdie. She matched Webb's birdie again on the
16th, and both players closed the round with birdies on
veteran slips in the final round, however, Munoz and Lu
are right behind them.
players are looking for their second LPGA titles. Munoz
captured her only tournament at the 2012 Sybase Match Play
Championship, while Lu won hers at last year's Mizuno
champion Stacy Lewis' disappointing week, meanwhile, looks
likely to end her streak of 13 consecutive top-10 finishes
on the LPGA Tour. Lewis shot a 73 on Saturday, leaving her
far down the leaderboard in joint-42nd place.
the reigning Women's British Open champion, is only three
away from matching Webb's LPGA record of 16 consecutive
top-10 finishes, set in 1998-99.