August 5, 2006

Steinhauer leads way in Lytham

By Elspeth Burnside

LYTHAM (Reuters) - Latest from the third round at the
women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St Anne's on Saturday:

* American Sherri Steinhauer, a two-time former winner, set
the clubhouse target of seven-under-par 209 after a third round
66. The 43-year-old had four birdies and an eagle three at the
long 15th where she holed a long, snaking putt.

* Steinhauer won the first of her British Opens at Lytham
in 1998 and retained it at Woburn the following year. But
neither was classed as a major victory - the championship only
earned that status in 2001.

* American Juli Inkster, the three shot halfway leader,
slipped back after double-bogeys at the long seventh and the
par four tenth. But she hit back with a birdie at the 12th to
get to four under - and in a tie for second place.

* Swede Sophie Gustafson joined Inkster and Mexican Lorena
Ochoa on four under after a 69. The 2000 champion from Royal
Birkdale had five birdies to raise hopes of claiming her first
LPGA title since 2003.

* Ochoa shot the lowest score of the championship with a
seven-under-par 65. The 24-year-old opened with back to back
birdies and had five more in a flawless round.

* "I knew it was very important to get a fast start and the
opening birdies bucked me up and got the momentum going," said
the season's two-time winner on the LPGA Tour.

* American Cristie Kerr was one behind Inkstyer, Gustafson
and Ochoa after also posting seven birdies in a 66 - 10 shots
better than her second round.