Aussie Karrie Webb started the third round at the HSBC Women’s Champions with a two stroke lead, then had to share it with American Paula Creamer and Spaniard Azahara Muñoz for a few holes on the front nine, then fired a string of birdies toward the end of the round for a strong finish and reclaimed the lead. When the cards were signed Webb was in the clubhouse at -11, with a slender, one-shot lead over playing partner, American Angela Stanford. Muñoz and Taiwan’s Theresa Lu, going into the fourth round at -8, are trailing Webb by three shots. It’s still not Webb’s tournament.
Webb, Stanford and Muñoz are paired for the final round. What’s Stanford’s strategy for overtaking Webb on Sunday?
I’m going to send Webbie a six-pack tonight!
Who Moved on Moving Day?
Azahara Muñoz had an especially good round. She carded 67 and moved up from ninth place to a share of third. Her eagle on the par-5 seventh hole buoyed her spirits, and she shaved four putts off her third round, down from 30 to 26. Muñoz is making a point of seeing more of her coach this season, and she has a new caddy. Johnny Scott. She thinks both changes are helping her game.
Norwegian Suzann Pettersen also moved up the board a couple of notches, from a ninth place start, alongside Muñoz, to a seventh place finish. Pettersen’s going into Sunday with rounds of 71, 70 and 70. She’s trailing Webb’s lead by six strokes and needs a Sunday card that’s filled with birdies.
Caroline Hedwall balanced four birdies with four bogeys, carded even par, and dropped down the board from a share of fourth to a share of eighth place. The Swede continues to struggle with the task of putting together four consecutive strong rounds.
The Top-Ranked Players
Rolex Ranked No. 1 Inbee Park doubled the par-4 5th hole and still managed to shave three putts off her 2nd round performance and card 71. At -3 for the tournament, Park’s going into Sunday sharing the 10th slot on the board, trailing Pettersen by two strokes and Webb by eight.
Lydia Ko will go into Sunday even further down the board than Pettersen and Park, but above defending champ and Rolex Ranked No. 3 Stacy Lewis. Ko is -1 for the tournament and Lewis is +4. They’ll both need a Sunday miracle to finish in the top-10.
American Michelle Wie‘s playing even with Inbee Park going into the final round. Wie seems to have figured out the greens at the Serapong Course and could finish inside the top-10.
Jessica Korda finally carded a sub-par round, but it’s probably a case of too little, too late. She’s going into Sunday at +9, and Singapore amateur Amanda Tan is still on the bottom of the leaderboard at +19. But she’s going to finish the tournament and she’ll have some terrific stories and some enduring memories of her first pro event.
With Singapore 12-17 hours ahead of the continental United States, Golf Channel will provide third round coverage beginning at 10:30pm ET tonight, Saturday, March 1. Take another nap! I’m anticipating a final round shootout between Webb and Stanford!