Late crash cuts Sergas’ lead by four

A dismayed Giulia Sergas saw a commanding 8-shot, 3rd-round lead at the NZ Women’s Open cut to four on Saturday.

Giulia Sergas cut a frustrated figure after a late collapse and a one-stroke penalty saw her commanding eight-shot lead in the third round of the New Zealand Women’s Open reduced to four heading into the final round.
The Italian had been eight shots clear at the head of the field with two holes to play in Christchurch, but bogeys as 17 and 18, and then a penalty for slow play, saw her sign for a 70 and slip back to 13-under overall.
“I’m upset about the decision,” said Sergas.
“They said I was a little too slow on the last hole and it could have been, but it was really upsetting because I’m a really fast player and I got penalised for just one hole that went bad for me.”
Sergas’ misfortune means England’s Laura Davies, the defending champion, is within striking distance heading into the final day.
Davies is all on her own at nine-under, while Linda Wessenberg of Sweden, Norway’s Cecilie Lundgreen, Diana Luna of Italy and Australian Kristie Smith are one stroke further back, five off the pace.