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Threesome Leads Evian Field

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Aussie native Rachel Teske joined the leaders with masterful play during the third round of the Evian Masters.
 
Her third round score of 6-under 66 was achieved by recording eight birdies during her round. Two bogeys ' both results of inconsistent putting ' prevented her from taking the lead outright.
 
This was a surprise for Teske who came into the event with a strained rib muscle. I didnt have any expectations really this week, Teske, owner of three LPGA Tour titles said. I was just trying to feel a little bit better every day.
 
Last Sunday Teske decided to hit a few balls and was pain free so she decided to play this week and its a good thing she did. Teske, along with Beth Daniel and Maria Hjorth are three strokes ahead of the rest of the field.
 
First round leader Daniel found herself trailing the lead by one this morning. She wasted no time making up ground with a steady 2-under 70 Friday. She recorded three birdies and a sole bogey on the front side and all pars on the back.
 
Daniel had made some recent changes to her game. One of which is a switch to a long putter. After a year of listening to coach Mike McGetrick suggest she make the change she finally acquiesced. Its made a world of difference. Im not saying its the answer, but it has made the difference for me. Now I can spend hours practicing and my back doesnt bother me. So it was a good move.
 
It took a while to learn how to use it. Its not easy to putt with a long putter. For those of you who dont believe me, you should go out and try it.
 
The owner of 32 LPGA Tour titles has not won an event in six long years (1995 Ping Welchs Championship) and is trying to keep winning thoughts out of her head. I dont want to get ahead of myself. There are still so many who could win this golf tournament. Weve got 18 holes to go, so Im going to go out with the same game plan ' that is to play one shot at a time, get myself into the fairway and then into the correct position on the greens. Hopefully, if I give myself enough opportunities for birdies, I will make some of them and have a chance at it.
 
Maria Hjorth lost more than the outright lead today. On the 18th hole, after a round that started out with a double-bogey and continued with six birdies and three bogeys, Hjorth lost her ball in a most unusual way.
 
Apparently, a woman just picked my ball up she thought it was a driving range ball. So she just picked it up and went into the clubhouse. No one could find the ball when we go there. Luckily, there were a lot of spectators around and they saw what happened. Hjorths ball was recovered and she completed her round.
 
During the final round the Swede sharing the lead will play with her boyfriend along side. Shaun McBride will not be on her bag however ' McBride caddies for co-leader Rachel Teske.
 
With one day left to play for the $315,000 first place prize money, early week favorites Annika Sorenstam 6-under (69-69-72=210) and Karrie Webb 5-under (71-73-67=211) have little opportunity left to make a move.
 
The 6085-yard par-72 Domaine du Royal Club Evian is playing pretty fair with most of the field recording right around par or better. There is, however, always one player who takes the much-hated honors of player in last place. This week that player ' by a long shot ' is Sofia Gronbert Whitmore who currently stands 34-over-par after recording three consecutive rounds in the 80s.
 
With one day left its anyone bet who will win.
 
Full-field scores for the Evian Masters