Wind and Webb Rule the Day


Karrie Webb 5-under (211) fought off swirling winds and Annika Sorenstam in an effort to remain the leader for the third consecutive day of the Tyco/ADT Championship at West Palm Beach, Fla. She enjoys a three stroke lead over Janice Moodie.
Webb shot 1-over-par(73)Saturday. It wasnt very pretty, but I did the job. I got off to a pretty slow start, she said.
She came into the third round at 6-under-par, with a four-shot lead over Wendy Doolan and Sorenstam. However, putting woes quickly turned things upside down for the Aussie.
All anyone could do was watch, painful as it was, as Webb made bogey-bogey-bogey on the front side, and lost precious ground. 'A few bogeys in a row on the front nine. I was pretty frustrated with myself. You know, I think by the time I got to the 10th tee, I knew that I had, you know, a big back nine ahead of me as far as how hard it was going to play.'
The northeasterly winds played a large part in Saturdays results. After two days of northwesterly winds the change made the course play much different than the field was used to.
In fact, only two players were able to break 70 ' Maria Hjorth 3-under (69) and Janice Moodie.
Moodie had positioned herself to be in the final group on Sunday after finishing at 2-under-par (214) for the championship.
I played solid, Moodie said. Obviously I had that double bogey on 7, that was really my only hiccup. It was so mentally tough out there because of the wind.
Sorenstam came out strong Saturday morning, only to end the day in a most unusual fashion.
The fiercely competitive Swede did her best to make up ground after shooting 2-over-par 74 in the second round.
She made it through the front nine with nary a problem. Back-to-back birdies at the turn left Sorenstam with the outright lead at 4-under and left Webb playing catch-up.
I wasnt leading after six holes, (starting) today with a four-shot lead, Webb said. I knew how quickly it could go.
Sorenstam and Webb were fighting for the lead throughout the back nine.
The finishing holes were not kind to the 31-time LPGA Tour titleholder.
Sorenstam met her match on No. 18, where her approach shot rolled off the green and into the water. Three attempts to drop her ball at the nearest point of entry proved futile. Sorenstam then made more than 12 attempts to place the ball at the nearest point of entry before it finally came to rest.
Triple bogey. That's how Sorenstam finished the hole, ending the day tied with Rosie Jones at even par (72) and trailing the lead by five.
Theres a lot of water on the hole and I think we dropped my ball 20 times near the green, Sorenstam said of her troubles on the 18th. It was no fun. Id been playing well and leading the tournament and it just ruined my day. It was very windy today and if you dont put a good swing on it, you can get in a lot of trouble.
Im definitely not happy, especially since I had been leading all day. I made two bad swings and they cost me. We have one more day, though. Im glad todays not Sunday,' said Sorenstam.
As of Saturday, Sorenstam needed to shoot 5-under, 7-under for the championship, in order to break the record for lowest scoring average in a season. She now needs to shoot a 65 in the final round to do it.
The record, set by Webb in 1999 is 69.43, and Sorenstam came into this event with an average of 69.38. This is a big motivator for Sorenstam, who is as self-driven as they come.
After setting a new record in 1999, Webb finished first again in 2000, but with a 70.05 scoring average.
This season she looks to finish even higher. Webb came into the season-ending event with an average of 70.19, and currently ranks third in this category.
Full-field scores from the Tyco/ADT Championship