Sorenstam surges into lead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I finished a lot better than yesterday,” said Sorenstam, whose back-to-back bogeys at the end of the second round knocked her out of the lead. “The previous two days, I haven’t made anything, and I missed little putts. It really leaves a sour taste in your mouth, especially when I feel like I’m playing so well.” Wie missed some little putts, too, but they weren’t for birdie. She missed a 4-foot comebacker for par on the second, then took three putts from 5 feet for a double bogey on the next hole that sent her to the middle of the pack in the 20-player field. For the 16-year-old Wie, it began to look similar to the final round at the U.S. Women’s Open, in which she missed several short putts on her way to an 82. Unlike Cherry Hills, she showed some fight. Wie didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, escaping from the bushes – no bees, this time – with a par and finishing with a birdie for a 1-under 71. At 10-under 206, she is five shots behind. “I didn’t play as well as I wanted, but I played really strong over the last couple of holes, and hopefully I can carry that on (today),” Wie said. “It felt good that I brought it back.” Purdy looks good: Ted Purdy birdied his first four holes of the day before swirling wind kicked up and went on to shoot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas. Purdy’s second consecutive 65 moved him to 18-under 197 through three rounds. Steve Lowery shot a 64 to move into a second-place tie with Charles Howell III (67) and Harrison Frazar (68). The gusting wind took its toll on some of the other players, with the relatively easy TPC at Summerlin course suddenly turning into a challenge. Briny Baird, ahead by one shot after the first round and up by two heading into the third day, struggled mightily. His round included a quadruple-bogey 8 on No. 12 as he ballooned to a 78 that left him tied for 43rd at 9-under. Bryant takes lead: Brad Bryant shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over six players in the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Texas. Jay Haas, coming off his first victory on the 50-and-over tour last week in North Carolina, shot a 69 to join Hale Irwin (68), Gil Morgan (67), Dave Barr (67), Mark McNulty (68) and Morris Hatalsky (69) at 10 under. Jacquelin pulls away:France’s Raphael Jacquelin shot his third straight 7-under 64 to take a seven-stroke lead entering the final round of the European PGA’s Madrid Open in Spain. Jacquelin was at 21-under 192 while Jose-Filipe Lima (67) of Portugal and Darren Clarke (68) of Northern Ireland were at 199. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sorenstam, as she has done so often in her Hall of Fame career, blew away the field in the final hour at Bighorn with birdies on four of the last five holes for a 6-under 66 to build a four-shot lead. The only birdie putt Sorenstam missed down the stretch was a 12-footer at the 17th, which hung on the edge. She finished at 15-under 201 to lead Gloria Park, who shot a 68. center_img Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie finished strong Saturday, leaving bright smiles on their faces for entirely different reasons at the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert. Wie recovered from a miniature meltdown and battled back to break par. last_img

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