Jones Overtakes Neumann


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. This morning 71 professionals and 4 amateurs made their way to the first tee for the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
At 5-under 139, Liselotte Neumann led the way for the second day in a row. Beth Daniel, Rosie Jones and Annika Sorenstam started the day tied and two strokes off the lead. Kris Tschetter trailed the trio by two more strokes at 1-under 143.
The course continues to play tough and there has been some shuffling throughout the ranks this morning. Neumann ' who currently lost the lead to Jones - ran into some trouble on the par-4 3rd where she made bogey to drop back to 4-under. Jones, whos brilliant second round play landed her a spot at the top, recorded her first birdie of the day on the par-4 7th to tie Neumann for the lead and put some pressure on her.
Neumann ' paired with Daniel and Jones today - is totally aware of what Jones birdie means. The pressure proved too much by the time they hit the par-3 8th where Neumann once again bogeyed to drop to 3-under.
Annika Sorenstam is now just one stroke off the lead. She recorded a string of five pars before faltering on the par-4 6th. A quick recovery on the next hole left her standing strong at 3-under.
Beth Daniel dropped a stroke on the first hole this morning. She is currently tied with Becky Iverson who has made Sunday moving day. Iverson, 1-over through two rounds, made birdie on the par-4 first, followed with a brief misstep on the par-4 3rd to drop back to 1-over, then continued chipping away at her score with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 6th, the par-4 7th and again on the par-5 11th to move to 2-under par.
Karrie Webb is also moving up the leaderboard. Webb moved from 1-over to 1-under this morning after making birdies on hole No. 2 and 4.
Akhiko Fukushima made the biggest move this morning. Fukushima began at 5-over and is currently at even par.