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By Sports NetworkSeptember 1, 2007, 4:00 pm
State Farm Classic Logo 2007SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Sherri Steinhauer shot a 1-under 71 in the third round of the State Farm Classic on Saturday, preserving a narrow lead over a chase group that included Annika Sorenstam.
Steinhauer, the 2006 Women's British Open winner, was at 12-under 204 for a one-shot lead on Rachel Hetherington. There were eight players within five shots heading into the final round.
Hetherington had a 5-under 67 to stand at 11-under 205.
Michele Redman fired the round of the day, an 8-under 64, to share third place with Christina Kim (71) at 10-under 206.
Sorenstam, playing for the first time in three weeks and looking for her first win since claiming this title last year, shot 71 to stay in the mix at 9-under 207, three strokes back.
Becky Morgan was also at 207 following a 69.
'The round kept me in there and that's been the hardest part this year is putting together four solid rounds,' said Sorenstam. 'I've had a tough time. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully posting a low round.'
Steinhauer failed to break 70 for the first time in three rounds, making it around Panther Creek on Saturday with just three birdies and two bogeys.
She went 2 over par on her first 12 holes, three-putting for bogey from 40 feet at the second hole and two-putting from 8 feet for another bogey at the 10th.
But Steinhauer saved her lead with three birdies on the next four holes. She knocked a pitching wedge to eight feet at the 13th, drove a 9-wood to 12 feet at the par-3 14th, and two-putted for birdie from 30 feet at the 16th.
'I feel really fortunate with the finish,' said Steinhauer, who owns seven career LPGA Tour wins. 'I got off to a very slow start today. Actually I feel like I hit the ball as well as the first two days, but through the first ten holes, nothing.
'I didn't have any putts fall and just wasn't feeling quite as comfortable. Just feel really fortunate that I made three birdies on the back nine to come back and shoot 1 under today.'
Hetherington, the eight-time LPGA winner, collected five birdies for her 67.
'I hit the ball really solid today and I putted well. And when I needed to, I chipped well,' said Hetherington, who couldn't remember the last time she was in this position.
'At least 2003, I would say,' she guessed.
Redman's 64 was three shots better than the closest player and one stroke off a career best. Her eight birdies included three straight putts longer than 20 feet: at the eighth, 11th and 12th holes.
Redman's two LPGA Tour wins came in 1997 and 2000.
'I knew I was playing well,' she said. 'Even the first day when I shot one- over, you know, I knew I was playing well ... Today was nice. Today was probably something that I needed for myself, so whatever happens tomorrow (Sunday), I'm OK with.'
Sorenstam had three birdies and two bogeys on Saturday, including a birdie at the par-5 16th, which she has played 4 under par through three rounds.
With new No. 1 Lorena Ochoa out of the picture this week -- the Mexican star is taking a one-month break -- Sorenstam has an opportunity to regain some of the spotlight she's lost to Ochoa over the last year and a half.
'I didn't give too much room to the leaders and I'm still right there for Sunday,' said Sorenstam.
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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.