Matthew Struggles to Maintain Lead


Catriona Matthew narrowly holds on to the lead of the 2001 Weetabix British Womens Open by a single stroke.
She began the day confidently with a two-stroke lead and birdie on the first. All looked good for the Edinburgh native. An eagle on the par-4 9th, her third eagle of the championship, extended the 31-year-olds lead. Things were going as planned, her front nine was flawless.
The winner of one LPGA Tour title was 6-under-par as she made the turn with just 27 holes standing between her and a major championship title.
Then the rain started to fall.
It came in droves and flooded the greens - subsequently causing a 40-minute delay and derailing Matthews game. Back-to-back bogeys ensued on Nos. 11 and 12. The Scotswoman struggled through the inclement weather recording three more bogeys before it was all said and done.
With a total of five bogeys, it was evident that Mother Nature had rendered Matthew ineffective on the back nine.
I guess I was lucky on Thursday, missing the rain,' she said. 'I dont know if I lost my concentration, but it was tricky in the rain. I played so well on the front nine and then just let it go a little bit on the back nine.
Matthew has a lot of pressure heading into the final round. Trailing by a stroke are Lora Fairclough, Mi Hyun Kim and first round co-leader Janice Moodie. All three finished in a tie for eighth.
Moodie is confident that she is contention. With all the birdies that are out there if you get off to a flying start you never know. I am really looking forward to it.
Past Womens British Open Champion, Karrie Webb continues to work her way up the leaderboard recording 4-under par 68 today to finished tied with Trish Johnson just two strokes off the lead.
I just love the setup, the Aussie said of Berkshire. You have to be very creative and youve got to take the good bounce with the bad bounces.
Matthew wisely has her eye on Webb who has already taken home two major titles this season.
Obviously shes a big threat there. Shes had two good rounds the last two days.
With only one round standing between the Scot and perhaps the most meaningful win of her life, Matthew ' despite todays frustrations ' maintains a positive attitude.
Im playing well, Like I say, Ive got a one-shot lead so I couldnt ask for a better place to be, really.
For the first time in her professional career, Catriona Matthew played her way into the final group on the final day of competition.
Catriona Matthew and Lora Fairclough tee of at 12:05 p.m. local time.
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