Stupples leads Pettersen Tseng at Kraft
Stupples, the 36-year-old English star who won the 2004 Women’s British Open, had a 10-under 206 total at Mission Hills in the season’s first major.
First-round leader Suzann Pettersen, who seemingly played herself out of contention with a 73 on Friday, and Yani Tseng shot 67s to reach 9 under.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, who won this tournament two years ago, rebounded from a slow start with birdies on three of her last seven holes for a 71 to join second-round leader Song Hee-Kim (72) at 7 under.
Majors winners Karrie Webb (72), Cristie Kerr (74) and Grace Park (69) also were in the top nine. Webb was alone at 5 under, Kerr was tied with Brittany Lang (69) at 4 under and Park was tied with five others, including Michelle Wie, at 3 under.
Stupples said she was nervous before teeing off, and that her caddie, Jerry Woodard, got in her face and gave her a pep talk.
“I needed that routine,” she said.
Asked if she’ll have a case of the nerves before the final round, she said: “Honestly, I don’t think they can be any worse than they can be this morning. In a way, all it will do is make me get out there and enjoy it. Look who I’ve got chasing me. How could I not enjoy that? That’s called life. That’s fantastic. That’s more exciting than I can even tell.”
Playing with Ochoa, Stupples started strong with four birdies and just one bogey on the front nine to go to 9 under.
Ochoa, who came into the round tied for second, one shot behind Kim, had an uncharacteristically slow start of 2 over on the front nine. She didn’t make her first birdie until the par-14 12th.
Stupples was fired up after rolling in a long birdie putt on the par-3 17th, pumping her left fist four times. Ochoa also birdied No. 17, then birdied the par-5 18th to the delight of the crowd.
Stupples said being paired with the popular Ochoa was “a pretty good atmosphere to play in. It was cool. Very cool.”
Pettersen shot her second 67 of the tournament, with four of her six birdies coming on the back nine.
“It’s going to be a fun day tomorrow,” said Pettersen, the Norwegian star who won the 2007 LPGA Championship. She has two top-10 finishes in three starts this year but also was slowed by a hip injury.
Pettersen has three straight top-five finishes in the tournament.
“I’ve played a lot of good golf around this track,” she said. “Hitting the fairways sets up a lot on this golf course.”
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.