Teske Leads Sorenstam Webb


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rachel Teske raised the bar at the ADT Championship Saturday after making birdie on the final hole.
Teske, who wrapped-up Friday one stroke behind second-round leader Annika Sorenstam, jockeyed for the lead with Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and, at one point, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.
I felt pretty good today and really all year, I -- this was probably my best year as far as ball striking and being real consistent, Teske, winner of the 2002 Ping Banner Health and the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, said. So I just feel really comfortable with the way I'm hitting the ball and event though I didn't turn it too well on the front nine, I still kind of felt in control.'
Teske (68) made her charge on the backside with four birdies, finishing the day at at 10-under-par, one stroke better than Sorenstam and Webb.
On the front nine I didnt really turn the ball all that well, the Queenslander said. But on the back nine I thought I was hitting the ball a little better.
Teske, a resident of Lakeland, Fla., hit 10 fairways and 15 greens Saturday. In comparison, Sorenstam hit only seven fairways and 13 greens, while Webb hit 11 fairways and 14 greens.
Being challenged by Webb and Sorenstam is no picnic for Teske, who played a lot of junior golf with Webb, yet she has a pretty good attitude. The difference, the biggest thing is their short games, she said of Webb and Sorenstam. They are just so good.
She won the Ping in a playoff over Sorenstam, and the Jamie Farr by overcoming a final-round deficit to Webb.
Sorenstam struggled with her putting during the first two rounds and continued to in the opening holes in round three. Sorenstam made bogey on the first before leveling out with four pars. Not until the 335-yard, par-4 6th would she make her first birdie of the day ' only to drop back a shot on the very next hole.
I would say it got a little better after I got upset on No. 8, she said of her putting stroke. Then I rolled in a good par putt and after that I think I putted pretty decent.
Im looking forward to tomorrow, the Swede said of what could become win No. 11. 'I mean it's the last day. I'm in the position I want to be in, really. I'm right there. I have a chance to win. And so I feel good about my game and I'm really looking forward to it.'
'Ive been in so many different positions - all I know is that I have a chance tomorrow. Im playing good enough to post a low round.
This should be enough to scare the rest of the field, yet Webb, the defending champion, isn't overly concerned. Shes playing with a lot of confidence, Webb said. I mean, its definitely going to be a challenge but the course is a challenge in itself, she added.
I think today was definitely the toughest of the three days that we have played so far. The wind was a little bit stronger and obviously it was a little cooler today, she continued. I think it started in the northwest and then came, started coming directly from the north.
With no plans to give up the trophy, Webb will be making her own charge on Sunday. You cant finish off your year any better than with a win, she said. Last year I finished with a win. Ive put myself in position to do that again.
First-round leader Meg Mallon is tied with France's Meunier-Lebouc at 5-under-par 211.
Tricky Trump International, which has challenged the field all week long, managed to produce some high scores Saturday. Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel finished the third round tied with Laura Davies at 13-over-par.
Davies shot 37-45 after recording an 8 on the par-4 10th after hitting two in the water.
Kelli Kuehne also had a tough day recording 45 at the turn and 37 coming in to finish at 17-over 233. But it was Shani Waugh who might have had the toughest day.
Australias Waugh, recorded a 7 on the par-3 seventh and again on the par-5 ninth. I dont know what happened out there, Waugh said. Im so embarrassed. I hit a bad shot and then just overreacted.
Full-field scores from the ADT Championship