Inkster Matches WelchsCircle K 54-Hole Scoring Record
Strong wind gusts made for tricky approach shots and putts, and Inkster's relatively bad score a day after shooting a 64 only cost her one stroke of what had been a three-shot lead. She tied Annika Sorenstam's 54-hole tournament record of 16-under 200.
Laura Diaz shot a 68 and Dorothy Delasin had a 69 to remain two shots behind the 41-year-old Inkster, the 1999 Tucson winner.
Sorenstam, the winner the last two years, made a strong charge to get into position for a run at her third title. The former University of Arizona star birdied six of the first 12 holes and finished with a 67, tied with Mi Hyun Kim (66) and Nancy Scranton (72) at 205.
The seven-player group at 206 included 1988 Tucson winner Laura Davies (70) and amateur Lorena Ochoa of Mexico, a sophomore at Arizona, who carded a 69.
Karrie Webb, trying to regain the form that made her the LPGA Tour's player of the year in 1999 and 2000, shot 70 to finish seven shots off the pace with 13 players in front and 18 holes to go.
Sorenstam won last year by six shots over Michelle McGann, Diaz, Dottie Pepper and Se Ri Pak at 23-under, another tournament record.
Neither Diaz nor Delasin has won on the tour, a sharp contrast to Inkster's 26 victories and LPGA Hall of Fame membership. She has held onto the lead and won 12 of the 23 times she took one into the final round.
Inkster also has a history of playing well on the 6,222-yard Randolph Park North municipal course, where three of the last six holes are par-5s.
In her last 10 appearances in Tucson, Inkster has finished no lower than seventh five times and been out of the top 25 just once. She was third in 2000 and tied for seventh last year.
But she played maintenance-level golf most of this round, making 10 straight pars before she bogeyed the 11th hole, a 187-yard par-3, for the second time in three days.
Inkster used a 5-iron off the tee and came up short, chipped up and two-putted from 4 feet for the bogey.
Diaz, who started four shots back, caught up at 14 under with a birdie -- her fifth of the round -- on the 11th, and was in the 12th fairway when she got sole possession of the lead after Inkster's problems back on the green.
But Inkster came back quickly by eagling the 13th hole, a friendly, 470-yard par-5 which she birdied the first two rounds. She slammed a 5-wood onto the green 15 feet from the pin and rolled in her first par-cutting putt.
After Delasin and Diaz both parred No. 18, Inkster opened room on her pursuers with a finishing birdie when she two-putted from about 20 feet.
Full-field scores from the Welch's/Circle K Championship
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.