Date: March 02, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Webb off the pace as Lewis, Choi lead

American Stacy Lewis and South Korean Choi Na Yeon share the lead after the third round of the HSBC Women&aposs Champions on Saturday. Inclement weather at the Sentosa Golf Club meant the final group were forced off the course with a hole to play. But they returned and Lewis parred the par-five 18th hole and Choi managed a birdie to move into a share of the lead at 14 under. American Paula Creamer sits third at an overall score of 12 under with four golfers tied for fourth at nine under, five shots off the lead. After scores of 67 and 66 on the first two days, overnight leader Lewis started her third round poorly with two bogeys on her first three holes. A hat-trick of birdies from holes seven to nine restored her momentum and she made up further shots on 12 and 15. Choi started much better than her main rival for the tournament, with birdies on the first two holes giving her an early boost. She also hit birdies on holes seven, 10 and 14, recovering from a bogey on the 15th hole to claim a share of the lead. Creamer hit five birdies including a hat-trick from holes 10 to 12 in a three-under 69 and she is also a major threat heading into the final day. American Danielle Kang, South Korean Yoo Sun Young, Spaniard Azahara Munoz and Thailand&aposs Ariya Jutanugarn are all locked on nine under. American Jessica Korda is eighth at eight under and Frenchwoman Karine Icher, Candie Kung of Chinese Taipei, American Nicole Castrale and South Korean Chella Choi are tied for ninth at seven under, seven shots off the lead. Karrie Webb is the best placed Australian in a tie for 33rd at one-under, while Katherine Hull-Kirk is five shots back in a tie for 48th.