Salina Showdown Webb Leads the Senior LPGA | LPGA

After many alternatives on the prime of the rankings in the course of the second spherical of the LPGA Senior Championship, Karrie Webb completed the day on prime. The Corridor of Fame member ran out bogeys and scored six birdies to signal a 66, six beneath par.

“It was very difficult at the moment,” Webb mentioned. “I managed my sport very effectively. I truly did not play the par 5s very effectively, I solely made two birdies on them, however being bogey-free on a day like at the moment is a fairly good effort, so I am pleased with that.”

Webb heads into the ultimate spherical at 9 beneath, two photographs forward of his longtime competitor, Annika Sorenstam. The familiarity of the duo enjoying with one another has been evident and entertaining for the spectators in the course of the first 36 holes.

“Once we play towards one another, even when we’re in search of social success, we most likely get the perfect out of one another,” Webb mentioned. “I feel that is what occurred in the previous couple of days.”

As you stroll by way of the sphere, it isn’t laborious to search out Webb and Sorenstam. The duo has drawn an enormous crowd, one thing they’re each used to and use as motivation.

“It has been so sizzling,” Webb mentioned. “So it is actually appreciated that they actually bought concerned within the occasion and assist us.”

Webb’s method to the ultimate spherical is unchanged from the previous two days. After a bit of R&R within the air-con, she’ll be able to exit and shut the deal tomorrow.

“There’s lots of birdies on the market,” Webb mentioned. “I will maintain enjoying aggressively and provides myself as many possibilities as I can.”

Sorenstam trails Webb at seven beneath. His seven birdies, 4 of which had been consecutive within the final 9, took her from T4 to second place alone. The Swede signed for a four-under-par 68.

Whereas she’s excited to compete with Webb as soon as once more, Sorenstam is not ruling anybody out and is aware of she’ll need to carry her finest sport tomorrow.

“I’ve lots of respect for Karrie,” Sorenstam mentioned. “As you understand, we now have been enjoying fairly a number of rounds collectively. Not simply these two, however we went again to after we had been racing in our heyday. She’s among the finest right here, so I sit up for going toe-to-toe together with her. There are some gamers proper behind, so will probably be a detailed race tomorrow.”

After an extended day within the warmth, Sorenstam plans to loosen up and spend time together with her household. She is grateful that her youngsters have been so affected person this week and she or he is able to have some enjoyable with them earlier than the spherical of 16. She additionally hopes to channel her youngsters’s endurance into their sport tomorrow.

“I really feel like I am prepared, I really feel like I am hitting good,” Sorenstam mentioned. “I simply need to be extra affected person.”

First spherical chief, Lisa DePaulo he joins Webb and Sorenstam within the last group after ending third at 6 beneath par. He went bogey-free over the again 9, making a solo birdie that day.

Tied for fourth place, a stroke behind DePaulo, they’re Clarissa Childs, Leta Lindley Y Laura Diaz. The trio heads into Sunday at 5-under. A complete of 45 gamers made the reduce at 7 or greater, together with defending champion and runner-up Trish Johnson and Becky Morgan at 1 beneath.

QUICK QUOTES

Michele Redman (-2, T10) on her 4-under 9 again bogey-less:

“It felt fairly good. I left some mendacity round, however I am able to go tomorrow. It is good to get again to racing and have some type of routine.”

Denise Killeen (E, S22) in her No. 12 eagle:

“I knew the inexperienced was a bit tough, and I knew I did not wish to be lengthy. I hit one thing that I knew would hit in entrance, and it hit possibly a brief yard or two and ran to about 4 ft, and I made it. It has been a very long time since I’ve carried out eagle, so it was a enjoyable feeling.”

Leta Lindley (-5, S4) on having her son within the bag:

“It is fairly particular. I may need a bit of tears in my eyes. That is Cole’s first time caddying for me, my husband caddyed for me for 17 years. Cole is now 18 and off to school, and that is our final hurrah earlier than she leaves. He is been actually nice within the bag, I am actually pleased with him. He has been very optimistic and inspired me.”

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