'Im not nervous, Gulbis said after recording 66 in the third round to move to 11-under-par. Im just very excited for the opportunity to play in the last group. Ive never been in the lead group at the end, so itll be good to see how I stack up to the other players.
The cross-handed putter with the self-proclaimed homemade swing recorded seven birdies with mom and dad in the gallery to watch. A lone bogey on the 360-yard, par-4 eighth marred her otherwise perfect round.
Paired with Pat Hurst, the twosome experienced a first on the 16th Saturday.
We both had tap-ins for par and she elected to go first and asked if I minded if she tapped in first, Gulbis said. I have a metal ball marker and it stuck to her putter. It actually stuck there a couple of times and we had to call an official to decide where to replace the mark.
You know, I was an inch in front of her ball and I was wondering whether or not to putt or to move her ball-marker aside and I asked her, because it was kind of up in the air and when I went to tap it down it stuck to the putter, Hurst recollected.
'I knew as soon as I did it that it was not on the ground and I dont think that it has ever happened before, but I did not think that it would be a penalty because it was not my marker it was hers. I think had it been mine I would have been more nervous and I would have not known what to do.'
Hurst recorded par on the 16th. In all, she had four birdies and two bogeys on her way to recording a 67.
First-round leader Brandie Burton is tied with Hurst at 10-under. Burton recorded eagle on the par-5 fourth, where she chipped in from 45 yards. In addition, she recorded one birdie and one bogey on her way to shooting her highest score of the tournament.
On this golf course, every hole was birdieable today, Burton said lamenting her perfomance. Weve played three different golf courses in three days. Every day has been opposite, its unbelievable. The greens are rolling really smooth, so if you find the right line and get a good stroke moving, its going to go in. That was obviously shown today with a lot of low scores.
Annika Sorenstam, not at all pleased with a second round of 72, sent herself to the range until dark Friday. Saturday, she gained back some ground, recording 70 to move to 9-under. She carded four birdies and back-to-back bogeys on No.s 11 and 12 - the same two holes as Hurst.
I think I was off to a solid start and I struck the ball good then and then I lost the swing a bit, but it was once again a good comeback with my swing. Sorenstam said just prior to heading to the range again. 'I hope to hit it good and get off to a good start again tomorrow. I would like to hit the ball good and I am really looking forward to playing tomorrow and I think I will be ready to go once again.
Only one round stands in the way of a first win for Gulbis, but with so many good players at the top of the leaderboard Pat Hurst summed up her chance when she said, Its anybodys tournament tomorrow.
Full-field scores from the Aerus Electrolux USA Championship