Stupples in sight of second major
England’s Karen Stupples took a one-shot lead after the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California.
Karen Stupples stands 18 holes from the second major title of her career after taking a one-shot lead after the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California.
The Englishwoman, who won the 2004 Women’s British Open, fired a four-under-par 68 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage to move to 10 under par after 54 holes, and from a tie for second into the outright lead.
World number one Lorena Ochoa of Mexico, Stupples’ third-round playing partner, is three shots off the lead following a 71 and is tied for fourth place with halfway leader Kim Song-hee of Korea, who posted a 72.
Stupples said she could not imagine being more nervous ahead of the final day’s golf than she had been before the third round.
“Honestly, I don’t think (the nerves) could be any worse than they were this morning,” Stupples said.
“So in a way, I’m excited about that fact because I know that I was able to play this morning.
“And so all that it will do is make me get out there and enjoy it.
“I mean, look who I’ve got chasing me. How could I not enjoy that? That’s the bottom line, that’s just fantastic.
“I’m more excited than I can tell you.”
Stupples’ round, which featured six birdies and three bogeys, places her one shot ahead of Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who both had five-under 67s after an exciting series of closing holes on the Dinah Shore Championship course when all the contenders were producing fireworks.
“I think I got off to a bit of a great start on the front nine and I had a good lead, and the next time I look up, I’m like, ‘oh, wow, Yani and Suzann and a few others are all trying to make a move’. And I was really excited, I mean why not? Anyone could go out and bring it,” Stupples added.
Current Women’s British Open champion Catriona Matthew also brought it on the day she was honoured with the LPGA Tour’s Heather Farr Player Award for 2009 following her major win just 11 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Sophie.
Matthew’s five-under 67 catapulted the Scot into a tie for 15th at two under par after early rounds of 73 and 74.
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