Webb Leads Soggy ANZ Ladies Masters


Evian Ladies European TourGOLD COAST, Australia -- Karrie Webb, an Australia native, completed round two with a 66 on Saturday morning and leads the rain- plagued ANZ Ladies Masters at 10-under-par 134.
The tournament was able to complete round two Saturday morning, but due to heavy rains and extremely wet course conditions, the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes. Action will resume Sunday morning with the 66 players who made the cut playing in three-somes and using split tees.
Webb leads England's Laura Davies by one stroke and Australia's Rebecca Stevenson by two shots. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Lorena Ochoa, Janice Moodie and another Australian, Brenda Ormsby, are tied for fourth at 7-under-par 137, three shots off the pace.
Webb, who is trying to win this tournament for the fifth time in six years, birdied the third, fifth and seventh on Friday. The 2002 Womens British Open champion went on to card a birdie the par-5 ninth. Around the turn, Webb notched consecutive birdies beginning at the 12th to move to minus-10. She then posted three straight pars before play was halted for the day.
She completed her second round Saturday with two more pars to hold on to the lead.
Davies, a two-time winner of this event, had bogeyed her first hole Friday before converting birdies at the third and sixth. On the back nine, Davies birdied the short par-3 11th and the par-5 15th. After play resumed, Davies rolled in a birdie putt at 18 to get within one stroke of the lead.
Stevenson began Friday with back-to-back birdies beginning at the second. She then carded three straight birdies starting at the par-3 fifth to climb to 9-under-par. However, she bogeyed the par-4 13th to fall two shots of the pace. Stevenson parred her final five holes to remain alone in third place at 8-under-par 136.
Andy Lott, the Senior Tournament Director of the Ladies European Tour, explained the decision to abandon play.
'We were hoping that the weather would clear and the course would dry up enough to play, but despite the tremendous efforts from all of the staff, volunteers and the green keepers, the surface water is not going anywhere and its extremely soggy underfoot,' said Lott. 'The event will be reduced to 54 holes as we do not have enough daylight time to get another 36 holes in on Sunday.
'Fortunately, the weather forecast for tomorrow is much better and all we need is a little wind and some heat to dry the course and it will be in fine shape for tomorrow and we can get underway first thing in the morning.'