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Ochoa leads Ginn despite stumbles

By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Leave it to Lorena Ochoa to find the sunny side of a tropical depression.

Ochoa shot a 2-under 70 to maintain her three-shot lead at the Ginn Tribute on Saturday, though three bogeys over the final six holes in drenching rains cost her a much larger advantage heading into the final round.

She finished at 11-under 205, three shots ahead of Nicole Castrale (68). Cristie Kerr (67) and rookie Angela Park (71) were four strokes behind the leader.

How long would it take the world’s No. 1 player to get over her errors? Apparently, not long at all.

“Tomorrow, you know, of course I’m going to be smiling and happy,’’ Ochoa said. “In a way, I don’t want to be sarcastic, but if you think about it, two under for a day like today is a really good round.’’

Annika Sorenstam continued her injury comeback with a 2-over 74.

Sorenstam spent nearly two months recovering from a ruptured disc in her back. She hadn’t played a full 18 before this week and since the Kraft Nabisco Championships.

Ochoa was on her way to a great round at the RiverTowne Country Club.

She had shrugged off Park’s fast start of three consecutive birdies and the increasing rains of tropical depression Barry.

Ochoa holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-5 ninth. When she chipped in for birdie on the 12th hole, she was ahead by six.

But golf in the rain eventually took its toll.

After a lengthy delay on the 13th hole to squeegee off the green, Ochoa dropped a shot.

She then made back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, three-putting both greens. Ochoa had been 9-under on the par 5s here when she made bogey on the par-5 16th hole.

Even with the late mistakes, Ochoa remains in position to win her second LPGA Tour event in three weeks and third this season.

Ochoa wanted to focus on the positives of her round. “I feel angry and just a little frustrated playing so good and just finishing with those’’ bogeys, she said.

“The important thing is that I’m still in the lead, three shots, and I’m in good position for tomorrow,’’ Ochoa said. “So I’m happy to be there.’’

Tournament officials moved up tee times and sent competitors off both the first and 10th holes in an attempt to beat the storm, which weakened to a tropical depression earlier Saturday.

Park, a first-year tour player, quickly opened with three consecutive birdies to catch Ochoa at the top.

Ochoa retook the lead on the fifth hole, rolling in a 12-footer for birdie while Park’s chip to the hole skidded 6 feet past and led her to bogey.

Ochoa went three strokes ahead on the next hole with a 20-foot birdie putt. The clincher came when Ochoa’s third shot on the 545-yard, ninth hole bounced past the flagstick and spun back into the cup.

She high-fived her caddie with a big grin. But she was far from finished with her run of success.

Already ahead by five strokes after Park’s bogey on No. 10, Ochoa’s approach shot went left of the 12th green into a collection area. Ochoa again responded by holing out, this time for birdie.

That’s when things changed. Ochoa hit her tee shot on No. 13 into a bunker when the group ahead pointed out water puddles on the green. It took about 15 minutes to bring on the equipment and dry off the green.

But Ochoa’s approach shot was well short of the green, leading to bogey.

Castrale got herself to 9-under par before a bogey on the 18th hole. “It’s going to be fun playing tomorrow with Lorena,’’ said Castrale, seeking her first LPGA victory. “She’s the No. 1 player in the world for a reason, and I’m going to have to make birdies to try and catch her.’’

Kerr said if she can put together another round like she had Saturday, “it’s anybody’s ballgame.’’

That depends if Ochoa plays as she did her first 12 holes or last six.

“I think I’ll be good tomorrow,’’ Ochoa said. “I’m really excited to be in good position and I’m really excited to get the tournament’’ victory.

Sorenstam, who hosts this tournament, said she woke up more tired Saturday than she anticipated and spoke with her doctor and a therapist before the round.

“It’s been a long week, golf-wise, for me,’’ said Sorenstam, 1-over for the tournament.

Sorenstam played six holes Monday, nine on Tuesday and then “18 three days in a row. So I’m not surprised that I’m tired, that my muscles are just feeling it.’’

Divots: Meaghan Francella had the day’s best round, a 6-under 66, that moved her from a tie for 51st to a tie for seventh. … Officials will again send players off in threesomes from the first and 10th tees. The effects of Barry are expected to slide through the area by Sunday afternoon.

Scores with relation to par from the thirdround of the Ginn Tribute, played June 2 at the par-72, 6,588-yardRiverTowne Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C. (Note: a-amateur):

1. Lorena Ochoa 68-67-70–205
-11 2. Nicole Castrale 69-71-68–208
-8 3. Cristie Kerr 72-70-67–209
-7 3. Angela Park 66-72-71–209
-7 5. Angela Stanford 72-68-71–211
-5 6. Sarah Lee 70-72-70–212
-4 6. Paula Creamer 68-71-73–212
-4 8. Becky Morgan 70-75-68–213
-3 8. Meaghan Francella 73-74-66–213
-3 8. Mi Hyun Kim 74-70-69–213
-3 8. Karin Sjodin 72-70-71–213
-3 12. Kris Tamulis 74-72-68–214
-2 12. Sherri Steinhauer 72-74-68–214
-2 12. Jimin Kang 72-74-68–214
-2 12. Charlotte Mayorkas 72-74-68–214
-2 12. Jeong Jang 69-73-72–214
-2 12. Pat Hurst 68-72-74–214
-2 18. Eva Dahllof 73-74-68–215
-1 18. Heather Young 69-75-71–215
-1 18. Seon Hwa Lee 71-71-73–215
-1 18. Young Kim 72-69-74–215
-1 22. Hye Jung Choi 75-71-70–216
E 22. Kimberly Hall 70-75-71–216
E 22. Christina Kim 74-71-71–216
E 22. Laura Diaz 76-72-68–216
E 22. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 68-74-74–216
E 22. Giulia Sergas 71-70-75–216
E 28. Stephanie Louden 73-73-71–217 + 1 28. Michele Redman 70-75-72–217 + 1 28. Song-Hee Kim 73-74-70–217 + 1 28. Il Mi Chung 75-69-73–217 + 1 28. Annika Sorenstam 72-71-74–217 + 1 28. Amy Hung 76-72-69–217 + 1 28. Jamie Hullett 75-73-69–217 + 1 35. Carri Wood 75-71-72–218 + 2 35. Ai Miyazato 75-71-72–218 + 2 35. Rachel Hetherington 76-70-72–218 + 2 35. Michelle Ellis 76-70-72–218 + 2 35. Julieta Granada 71-75-72–218 + 2 35. Kyeong Bae 74-73-71–218 + 2 35. Alena Sharp 70-74-74–218 + 2 35. Maria Hjorth 70-73-75–218 + 2 35. Jill McGill 73-70-75–218 + 2 35. Reilley Rankin 76-72-70–218 + 2 35. Laura Davies 69-73-76–218 + 2 35. Paige Mackenzie 74-74-70–218 + 2 35. Wendy Doolan 74-74-70–218 + 2 35. Karrie Webb 71-70-77–218 + 2 49. Tracy Hanson 73-73-73–219 + 3 49. Diana D'Alessio 75-72-72–219 + 3 49. Katherine Hull 70-75-74–219 + 3 49. Brandie Burton 72-75-72–219 + 3 49. Shi Hyun Ahn 72-75-72–219 + 3 54. In-Bee Park 74-72-74–220 + 4 54. Janice Moodie 72-74-74–220 + 4 54. Meredith Duncan 71-75-74–220 + 4 54. Liselotte Neumann 70-75-75–220 + 4 54. Morgan Pressel 75-73-72–220 + 4 54. Meena Lee 72-76-72–220 + 4 60. Maru Martinez 72-74-75–221 + 5 60. Beth Bader 75-72-74–221 + 5 60. Marisa Baena 74-73-74–221 + 5 60. Jee Young Lee 72-75-74–221 + 5 60. Wendy Ward 70-77-74–221 + 5 60. Joo Mi Kim 71-77-73–221 + 5 66. Kelli Kuehne 72-73-77–222 + 6 66. Suzann Pettersen 73-71-78–222 + 6 66. Brittany Lincicome 80-68-74–222 + 6 66. In-Kyung Kim 74-74-74–222 + 6 66. Nina Reis 73-75-74–222 + 6 66. Kristy McPherson 73-75-74–222 + 6 72. Sun Young Yoo 68-77-78–223 + 7 72. Lindsey Wright 73-75-75–223 + 7 74. Allison Hanna-Williams 75-72-77–224 + 8 74. Juli Inkster 74-73-77–224 + 8 74. Kristina Tucker 73-72-79–224 + 8 74. Kelly Robbins 75-73-76–224 + 8 78. Dorothy Delasin 69-76-80–225 + 9 78. Katie Futcher 72-76-77–225 + 9 80. Johanna Head 70-77-80–227 + 11 • • •

Missed the cut

81. Nancy Scranton 75-74–149 + 5 81. Karine Icher 76-73–149 + 5 81. Yu Ping Lin 76-73–149 + 5 81. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 75-74–149 + 5 81. Leta Lindley 77-72–149 + 5 81. Michelle McGann 77-72–149 + 5 81. Moira Dunn 75-74–149 + 5 81. Irene Cho 74-75–149 + 5 81. Virada Nirapathpongporn 75-74–149 + 5 81. Clarissa Childs 82-67–149 + 5 81. Sophie Gustafson 71-78–149 + 5 81. Aree Song 71-78–149 + 5 81. Gloria Park 72-77–149 + 5 81. A.J. Eathorne 75-74–149 + 5 81. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 75-74–149 + 5 96. Kris Tschetter 78-72–150 + 6 96. Se Ri Pak 75-75–150 + 6 98. Mhairi McKay 71-80–151 + 7 98. Ji-Young Oh 79-72–151 + 7 98. Kim Saiki-Maloney 76-75–151 + 7 98. Laurie Rinker 75-76–151 + 7 98. Dina Ammaccapane 75-76–151 + 7 98. Lorie Kane 80-71–151 + 7 98. Birdie Kim 72-79–151 + 7 98. Stacy Prammanasudh 76-75–151 + 7 98. Soo-Yun Kang 76-75–151 + 7 98. Won Lee 72-79–151 + 7 108. Mikaela Parmlid 79-73–152 + 8 108. Jenna Daniels 75-77–152 + 8 108. Dawn Coe-Jones 72-80–152 + 8 108. Sung Ah Yim 72-80–152 + 8 108. Silvia Cavalleri 77-75–152 + 8 108. Christi Cano 76-76–152 + 8 108. Erica Blasberg 71-81–152 + 8 108. Marcy Hart 71-81–152 + 8 116. Tina Barrett 77-76–153 + 9 116. Siew-Ai Lim 79-74–153 + 9 116. Kim Williams 77-76–153 + 9 116. Young-A Yang 80-73–153 + 9 116. Catriona Matthew 80-73–153 + 9 116. Minea Blomqvist 76-77–153 + 9 122. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 78-76–154 + 10 122. Aram Cho 76-78–154 + 10 122. Brittany Lang 81-73–154 + 10 125. Na On Min 80-75–155 + 11 126. Sherri Turner 80-76–156 + 12 126. Sarah Lynn Sargent 77-79–156 + 12 126. Teresa Lu 79-77–156 + 12 129. Riko Higashio 79-78–157 + 13 130. Seo-Yeon Jeon 79-79–158 + 14 131. Maggie Will 82-77–159 + 15 132. Hilary Lunke 78-83–161 + 17 132. Na Ri Kim 78-83–161 + 17 134. Carin Koch 81-81–162 + 18 135. Danielle Ammaccapane 81-82–163 + 19 136. a-MacKinzie Kline 86-89–175 + 31 WD. Young Jo WD

WD. Michelle Wie WD

WD. Nicole Perrot 74-WD

WD. Grace Park 77-WD

WD. Sae-Hee Son 77-WD

WD. Jin Joo Hong 79-WD

WD. Natalie Gulbis 80-WD

WD. Cindy Rarick 80-WD

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