Koch gave spectators an eyeful as she recorded her third consecutive 68 to retain a share of the lead at 12-under-par 204. Sunday will be the Solheim Cup stars first time in the last group of a major championship. She earned her way there by recording five birdies in the third round, including a key birdie on the last.
I thought I played pretty steady overall, she said. Played better golf than I have the two previous days. Had a lot of birdie chances that kind of hit the edges of the holes.
Koch actually found herself trailing the lead by one, coming into the last, after a carelessly missed putt resulted in the first bogey of her round. The only hole I am disappointed with is 17. Obviously I was 60 yards from the green and pitched it up short and then 3-putted.
A stunning birdie on the par-4 18th was sweet redemption for the 31-year-old. The bogey on 17 was the only think Im not pleased with but birdie on 18 made up for it.
My game was solid today and hopefully tomorrow Ill make some putts.
Jennifer Rosales displayed golfing perfection Saturday matching the womans course record of 65 set by Kung on Thursday. I am really surprised, but I felt really good this week hitting my drives in the fairways where I want to be and hit as much green as I have to.
Birdies on 3,6,7,9,11,16 and 17 left her the outright leader for a short while and gave the betting world, which ranked her 125 to 1 at the beginning of the week, understandable distress. The 23-year-old could have set a new record with birdie on the last but it was not to be.
Rosales, one of the many young talented LPGA Tour players, has three top-10 finishes this season including her 7th place finish at the U.S. Open. Her best finish to date was a tie for 3rd at the 2001 Office Depot.
If the first three days of the 2002 Weetabix Womens Open is any indication of the future of womens golf, then it is in very good hands.
Youngsters Natalie Gulbis and Paula Marti trail the lead by two at 10-under-par 206 while Michelle Ellis, Beth Bauer, Tina Barrett, Karrie Webb and Candie Kung are tied at 9-under 207.
Nineteen-year-old Gulbis recorded five birdies Saturday including one on the 18th to move to 10-under. She is currently ranked the top rookie on the LPGA Tour. And although she missed the cut at the U.S. Open in June, she finished tied for 15th at the McDonalds LPGA Championship.
This is Gulbis second time out of the states and her maiden voyage to Scotland My mom and I have been staying in a bed and breakfast about five, ten minutes from here. We're having a great time. Just coming into the week, learning how to hit a new variety of shots.
I didn't really have anything to lose coming in here, Gulbis said. I was excited to come over. Never been over here, and just trying to have fun and I have had a great week.
Some credit to Gulbis success this week may be due to Worth Blackwelder. Blackwelder is Mi Hyun Kims former caddie and has been on the rookie sensations back for a few weeks now.
I dont know whats going to happen tomorrow. I just cant wait to get out there and play.
For Webb, the seasoned veteran of the group, three shots off the lead heading into the final round is not a lot of ground to make up. She bears watching in the final round. Especially since the talented Ausie is in need of a really big win this season.
Beth Bauer made a costly mistake Saturday on the 16th. She hit her ball into the burn that crosses the front of the green and ultimately left herself a putt for bogey 5.
Kung also suffered some setbacks during the third round after taking a ride on the bogey train to loose ground and her share of the lead.
As the final round of the final major of the season gets underway Sunday there will be no shortage of young talent. Webb could take home her third Weetabix title, Gulbis, at 19 years, seven months and four days old, could become the youngest women to win a major or Rosales could make history by becoming the first Philippine player to win a major. One thing is for certain. The odds makers will be keeping a watchful eye on Jennifer Rosales who could end up costing them dearly.