Sunday, December 14, 2008

Last Chance for Annika

A 3rd-round 75 had Annika Sorenstam moving in the wrong direction at the Dubai Ladies Masters--back to -5 for the tournament, right after she had jumped into the the lead the day before with a flawless 66--but she still trails only 5 players, lead by Q-School Queen Anja Monke at -9, as the final round begins.

Here's where all the LET notables stand:

1st/-9 Monke (68-71-68)
T2/-7 Iben Tinning (70-69-70), Veronica Zorzi (69-69-71)
T4/-6 Sophie Gustafson (72-72-66), Laura Davies (70-69-71)
T6/-5 Sophie Giquel (70-70-71), Nikki Garrett (71-66-74), Sorenstam (70-66-75)
T10/-4 Becky Brewerton (73-72-67), Catriona Matthew (73-68-71), Melissa Reid (71-70-71)

T16/-3 Martina Eberl (71-72-70), Ashleigh Simon (70-71-72), Nina Reis (70-71-72), Johanna Head (66-72-75)
T21/-2 Amy Yang (71-69-74), Anna Rawson (71-69-74)
T25/-1 Gwladys Nocera (75-69-71)
T30/E Tania Elosegui (71-75-70)
35th/+1 Carin Koch (72-68-77)
T36/+2 Louise Stahle (72-72-74) E through 1
T59/+9 Louise Friberg (73-74-75) +3 through 7

Win #90 is still within Annika's grasp. Would love to see her grab it!

[Update 1 (5:00 am): Not looking good for Annika. She's 6 back with 9 left to play. Zorzi and Tinning have caught Monke at -10. Unlikely that all 3 will move backwards, and anyway there are another 6 players 2-to-4 shots ahead of her and 4 tied with her. She's going to need quite the charge!]

[Update 2 10:03 am): Well, Annika couldn't do it, but neither could a bunch of the LET's young guns. Monke pulled away from Zorzi in the end for the win, but at least Annika can say she broke the 100,000 Euro barrier--18th in only 6 events ain't half bad.]

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