Date: July 30, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Webb defies wild weather to lead

When the going got tough, Karrie Webb certainly got going.

If you needed proof of the old adage, the Queensland champion provided it in spades overnight as she regained a share of the lead in a weather-savaged Ladies Scottish Open.

Playing through 50km/h winds and occasionally driving rain, Webb signed for a gutsy two-under-par 70 to share the third-round lead with Korean Sei Young Kim (69).

Importantly for the veteran Aussie, who'll start her final round at six under par, only six players are better than par.

West Australian Minjee Lee is also still in title contention at one over, sharing ninth at Dundonald Links.

Victorian Su Oh is out of the hunt at eight over, while Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith is at 10 over.

But the day belonged to Webb and Kim, who staged a grand battle in atrocious conditions.

The Queenslander started strongly with birdies on the second and third holes to regain the lead she had held after her opening round of 65.

The 42-year-old then extended her advantage with a birdie at the seventh and held a one stroke lead after an outward 33.

The Hall of Famer made two bogeys and scrambled some superb up-and-down pars on the back nine, before she and Kim both birdied the 17th hole in teeming rain.

On the par-5 18th, Kim hit a magnificent second shot to set up an eagle putt from 3m, but missed the putt to take the outright lead.

"I felt very comfortable out there early on and got off to a good start, so that settled any nerves," Webb said.

"I really just hung in there on the back nine. I actually got a couple of good breaks when it was raining. I made some good up and downs as well."