After numerous opportunities at the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the LPGA Senior Championship, Karrie Webb end the day on top. The Hall of Famer went bogey-free and birdied six to sign for a 6-under 66.
“It was very tough today,” Webb said. “I managed my game really well. I actually didn’t play the par-5s very well, I only had two birdies, but without a bogey on a day like today is a very good effort, so I’m happy with that.
Webb heads into the final round at 9 under, two strokes ahead of longtime competitor, Annika Sorenstam. The duo’s familiarity in playing with each other was evident and entertaining to spectators throughout the first 36 holes.
“When we play against each other, even if we go out for social success, we’ll probably get the best out of each other,” Webb said. “I think that’s what’s happened in the last few days.”
Walking the course, it is not difficult to find Webb and Sorenstam. The duo drew a large crowd, which they are both used to and use as motivation.
“It was so hot,” Webb said. “So it’s really appreciated that they really got involved in the event and supported us.”
Webb’s approach to the final round hasn’t changed for the past two days. After some rest and relaxation in the air conditioning, she’ll be ready to go out and seal the deal tomorrow.
“There are a lot of birdies out there,” Webb said. “I will continue to play aggressively and give myself as many chances as possible.”
Sorenstam trails Webb, at 7 cents. His seven birdies, including four in a row on the back nine, took him from T4 to second solo. The Swede signed for a 4-under 68.
Although she’s excited to compete with Webb again, Sorenstam counts no one and knows she’ll have to bring her best match tomorrow.
“I have a lot of respect for Karrie,” Sorenstam said. “As you know, we played quite a few rounds together. Not just those two, but we go back to when we were competing in our heyday. She’s one of the best here, so I can’t wait to go one-on-one with her. There are players right behind, so it’s going to be a close race tomorrow.
After a long day in the heat, Sorenstam plans to relax and spend time with his family. She’s grateful her kids have been so patient this week and is ready to have some fun with them ahead of the Final 18. She also hopes to channel her children’s patience into her game tomorrow.
“I feel like I’m ready, I feel like I’m swinging well,” Sorenstam said. “I just have to be more patient.”
Leader of the first round, Lisa DePaulo joins Webb and Sorenstam in the final group after finishing third at under 6. She went bogey-free on the back nine, carding just one birdie on the day.
Tied for fourth, one stroke behind DePaulo, are Clarisse Childs, Leah Lindley and Laura Diaz. The trio are heading to Sunday under 5. A total of 45 players made the cut at 7-over, including defending champion and runner-up Trish Johnson and Becky Morgan at 1-under.
Michele Redman (-2, T10) on his 4-under round and bogey-free back nine:
“It was pretty good. I left a few there, but I’m ready to go tomorrow. It’s nice to be back in competition and have some sort of routine.
Denise Killeen (E, T22) on her eagle n°12:
“I knew the green was a bit difficult and I knew I didn’t want to go long. I hit something that I knew he would hit in the front, and he hit maybe a yard or two and ran up about four feet, and I got through. It’s been a long time since I’ve done an eagle so it was a fun feeling.
Leta Lindley (-5, T4) on having her son on the bag:
“It’s quite special. I might get a little teary eyed. This is the first time Cole has been a caddy for me, my husband has been a caddy for me for 17 years. Cole is now 18 and going to college, and this is our last hurrah before he leaves. He was really great on the bag, I’m super proud of him. He was very positive and encouraged me.