Instead of running away, Annika Sorenstam had to catch up Saturday.
Sorenstam lost her three-shot lead in five holes, then had to make three birdies over the final six holes to salvage an even-par 72 and take a one-shot lead into the final round of the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“I don’t know if I’d call it a roller-coaster day, but it was tough,” Sorenstam said.
At least she still had the lead, finishing at 10-under-par 206 to give her a slight cushion over Jennifer Rosales (69) and Cristie Kerr (70). No one else was closer than five shots.
Sorenstam has struggled at times with the lead. She knew she was in for a long day on the opening hole.
Unsure what to hit off the tee to avoid a bunker left and a winding creek down the right side, she went with a 4-iron and had a 7-wood left of the green on the 384-yard hole. She chipped to 5 feet and missed to make bogey.
Then she bogeyed the par-3 fifth after hitting a good chip into 8 feet, and her lead was gone.
“The flow wasn’t there,” she said. “I dropped three shots in five holes. That definitely was not the start I wanted.”
Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., is 10 shots behind Sorenstam after a 74.
Spain took the lead in the third round of World Cup, with Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez combining for an 11-under 61 to pull one shot ahead of England in Seville, Spain.
The U.S. team of Scott Verplank and Bob Tway shot a 64 and was three shots off the lead along with Ireland, Sweden and defending champion South Africa. Japan was four back, with the Netherlands and Australia five behind.
Spain is 24 under for three rounds.
Pebble Beach Invitational
Kirk Triplett, formerly of Pullman, offset three bogeys and a double bogey with five birdies in an even-par 72 and moved into sole possession of the lead after three rounds of the Pebble Beach (Calif.) International.
Triplett, a co-leader after two rounds, moved to 9-under 207, one stroke better than Todd Fischer (67)
The first 54 holes of the 72-hole event were played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass and Del Monte Golf Course. The top 40 pros and ties advanced to today’s final round at Pebble Beach.
Fred Couples and Tom Watson led the comeback, and the American team moved out to a 6 1/2 -5 1/2 lead over an international team after the best-ball competition at the $3 million UBS Cup in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Trailing by one point entering the second day of the Ryder Cup-style competition for players 40 and older, the United States won three matches, halved two and lost one. The event ends today with 12 singles matches.
Couples made nine birdies and teamed with Ray Floyd to beat Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle 4 and 2.
Watson had seven birdies and teamed with Hal Sutton to beat Rodger Davis and Peter Senior 3 and 2.
Tiger Woods closed in on his first title since February, shooting a 5-under 65 to open a 10-stroke lead at the Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan.
Woods entered the third round up three strokes. He birdied two of the first three holes and then added three more. He’s at 13-under 197 going into today’s final round.
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