Def Champ Webb Only One Back


Ladies European TourMELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending champion Karrie Webb had an even-par 73 in slippery and windy conditions Saturday and is one shot off the lead going into the final round of the women's Australian Open.
Webb trails fellow Australian Lindsey Wright, who had a 72 Saturday to lead the tournament at 3 under, and is tied with South Korea's Shin Ji-yai at 2-under 217 overall.
Teenage amateur Kristie Smith, who led at the halfway point but struggled with a 4 over in the third round, and England's Melissa Reid were another stroke back in at 1 under.
Webb, seeking a fourth national title, was relying on her experience to get her through the last round at Kingston Heath.
'There's players up there who haven't won the Australian Open and I have,' Webb said. 'I do have experience at winning golf tournaments.
'I don't know if that necessarily counts for too much, but I know that I have a great chance to win.'
Webb recovered her round after getting into trouble on the fourth hole, when she pulled her second shot and landed in a greenside bunker. From there, she hit into unplayable rough, took a penalty, chipped on and two-putted for a seven.
'It was completely out of my control,' she said. 'There was about a millimeter of sand under my ball, there was nothing I could do.'
She had a birdie two holes later and had two more on the first three holes of the back nine to grab a share of the lead before a bogey 5 on the 18th dropped her to second place.
Shin began the day two shots off the lead in second place and shot a 74 that included three back-nine bogeys, one of them at the end that cost her a share of the lead.
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