Sorenstam asserts herself at Samsung

first_img 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. “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 go well.” 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 tomorrow,” Wie said. “It felt good that I brought it back.” PGA Tour Ted Purdy birdied his first four holes and finished with a 7-under 65 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead in the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas. Purdy’s second consecutive 65 moved him to 18-under 197 through three rounds. He won the Byron Nelson Championship this year for his first PGA Tour title. 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. Champions Tour 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. European Tour France’s Raphael Jacquelin shot his third straight 7-under 64 to take a seven-stroke lead into the final round of the Madrid Open. Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke (68) and Portugal’s Jose-Filipe Lima (67) were tied for second. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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. 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. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 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, where 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. last_img