Queenslandâ€™s Karrie Webb worked extremely hard on Saturday to maintain a one shot lead heading into Sundayâ€™s final round of the HSBC Womenâ€™s Champions.
Webb, who won the ISPS Handa Women`s Australian Open just three weeks ago, is looking to capture her second LPGA title of 2014.
After a day that saw several players jockeying in and out of a share of the lead, Rolex World No. 7 Karrie Webb took back control on the back nine to maintain her lead. Webb sits atop the leaderboard at 11-under par after a 2-under 70 on Saturday and leads American Angela Stanford (69) by one shot. Spainâ€™s Azahara Munoz (67) and Teresa Lu (70) of Taiwan sit in a tie for third at 8-under par and are three shots back.
Webb got off to a slow start in the third round and had pars on her first nine holes until a bogey on the par 4 10th hole. The World Golf and LPGA Halls of Famer broke her birdie drought on the par 3 14th when she hit her tee shot to three feet. Webb said she was pleased with the round despite having to grind out pars for the first half.
â€œIt was a pretty solid round really,â€ said Webb. â€œI didn`t probably hit it as good as I would have liked but I felt like I had a lot of in between numbers today and I really had trouble a few times picking the right club. So probably more poor decision making rather than bad swing. I only made one bogey out of all of that, and yeah, the front nine had played a little bit easier for me this week and it didn`t play as easy today, but I got through it at even par and you know, I finished off strong the last five holes, which you know, really makes the round look really good.â€
Azahara Munoz and Paula Creamer moved into a tie for the lead at 8-under par, each with birdies on the par 5 12th hole. But Webbâ€™s strong finish which included three birdies in her last five holes pushed her out in front again. Webbâ€™s birdie on the 14th got things started, but said her three-foot birdie putt was harder than it shouldâ€™ve been. Playing partners Angela Stanford and Teresa Lu both stuck their first shots for tap ins.
â€œI had to work on my putt,â€ said Webb. â€œThey didn`t have to. And that was my first birdie of the day, so I was making sure it went in.â€
Webb said patience on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club was critical on Saturday and said she was happy with how she handled herself throughout the round.
â€œJust even when I was not giving myself a lot of good birdie opportunities early on, I had to tell myself, it`s Saturday and there`s plenty of golf left to be played and just be patient and fortunately I listened to myself for a change,â€ said Webb.
Stanford was within two shots of the lead the entire round and shadowed Webbâ€™s birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 18 to finish with a 69 and one shot back. The Texan said that itâ€™s difficult to want to keep track of the leaderboard considering the number of established players making a charge at the top.
â€œI think you want to finish strong either way,â€ said Stanford. â€œAnd you know, I think you can look at a leaderboard at this tournament, but it`s just a bunch of people. I mean, so it`s really not worth looking at it. You just know a lot of people are going to be at the top.â€
Munoz shot the round of the day with her 5-under 67 and moved from a tie for ninth into a tie for third. No. 2 Suzann Pettersen shot 2-under 70 and is six shots off the lead in seventh place at 5-under par.
Fellow Queenslander Katherine Kirk continues to move up the leaderboard, a third round of 71 sees her at one-over-par and tied for 26th