American Steinhauer holds three-shot lead in Open
By Elspeth Burnside
LYTHAM (Reuters) – Review of 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,
leads on 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.
* Teenager Michelle Wie, who was penalized two shots for
touching a loose impediment in a bunker on her backswing in
round two, shot a 72 to be 11 shots adrift of the lead. The
16-year-old Hawaiian is on four over par 220.
* 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.
* “When people ask me what titles I’ve won and I say the
British they just presume it was major, I don’t say anything,”
said Steinhauer. “It would be a huge bonus to have that status,
but I’m trying not to think about it because I don’t want to
get ahead of myself.”
* 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 birdies at the short
12th and the long 15th to get to five before dropping a shot
via a greenside bunker at the last for a 74 and four under par.
* Inkster shares second place with Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa,
Swede Sophie Gustafson and England’s Karen Stupples, who shot
70 to raise hopes of repeating her home win at Sunningdale two
* Swede Gustafson, the 2000 champion from Royal Birkdale,
had five birdies to raise hopes of claiming her first LPGA
title since 2003.
* World No.1 Annika Sorenstam bogeyed the final three holes
for an inward 40 and a disappointing 73 that left her seven
shots behind on level par 216.