Gustafson cruising at Ginn Tribute

By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Sophie Gustafson is not about to get complacent as she heads into the final round of the Ginn Tribute with a six-shot lead.

Not after a surprising early eagle, a disappointing double bogey and watching Karrie Webb fall apart down the stretch in the third round Saturday.

Gustafson shot a 67 to open up a big lead over Webb and LPGA rookie Na-Yeon Choi, putting herself in position to win on tour for the first time in five years.

Gustafson was tied with Webb, her playing partner, when the round began. Within three holes, Gustafson had opened a three-shot lead after her birdie and chip-in for eagle on the par-4 third.

“You know what, you can’t think like that,” Gustafson said when asked if her eagle got her excited about her chances for success. “You have to focus on your next shot and just keep going.”

It sure helped Gustafson bounce back for her only mistake of the day, a double bogey on the par-4 12th. She later had back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.

“I just keep telling myself to have patience and to have a good attitude,” Gustafson said, “and it’s not that difficult.”

It was for a couple of Hall of Famers — Webb and Annika Sorenstam.

Webb made four bogeys during a five-hole stretch on the back nine at RiverTowne Country Club.

The tournament’s host, Sorenstam, continued her struggles at her namesake event with a 75.

Webb was unflappable for two days, with only two bogeys the first 36 holes. She came apart, though, on the back nine of a sweltering round.

The unraveling began when she put a ball into a hazard on the par-5 11th, loudly expressing her displeasure for TV cameras, for one bogey. Things got worse for Webb with three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 13-15.

On the 15th, Webb stood awkwardly on a patch of gnarly rough amid a bunker and could do nothing else but move her ball a few yards forward into the sand.

When Webb tapped in for that bogey, she was six shots behind Gustafson.

“I had a pretty poor back nine, which I’m a little disappointed about,” Webb said.

Some might’ve let Webb’s troubles affect their game. Not Gustafson.

“I try not to pay too much attention to my playing partners or group,” she said. “That helps me to just focus on the course.”

Sorenstam needed a late rally — six birdies in 10 holes — on Friday simply to keep playing on the weekend.

Sorenstam, who’s won three times this year, talked of a strong weekend that might get her into contention. Instead, she went backward and was tied for 34th.

Sorenstam has only bettered 70 one time in seven career rounds here.

At 15 strokes behind, Sorenstam might need one of those all-birdie rounds of 54 she’s envisioned to reach the top in her last appearance as a full-time competitor at the Ginn Tribute.

“I was hoping for a little better,” Sorenstam said. “Of course, I’m bummed out about that. Nothing I can do, but disappointing.”

Sorenstam announced her retirement about two weeks ago.

Perhaps Sorenstam’s countrywoman, Gustafson, can earn the trophy that bears Annika’s name for Sweden.

With husband and former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw trailing, Gustafson took the lead with a birdie on the second hole, then chipped in from behind the green on the par-3 third for an eagle.

The way Gustafson’s going, she might’ve wanted to squeeze in another round. But Gustafson, who finished second to world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa two weeks ago at the Sybase Classic, won’t have to wait long for her chance at a fifth career LPGA win — and first since 2003.

The LPGA moved up tee times several hours Sunday to get the final round in before advancing storms reach the Charleston area.

Ochoa withdrew before play started this week and returned to Mexico because of her uncle’s death.

Choi, a 20-year-old rookie, moved into contention with her third consecutive sub-70 round. It was also the second day in a row the South Korean made an eagle 2. She accomplished it on the fourth hole Friday and did it on the fifth hole this time.

“I had two eagles, but I really had a lot more chances to do it more than twice,” Choi said. “That’s how great I’ve been feeling about my shots lately.”

Gustafson has won 13 times on the Ladies European Tour, including at De Vere Ladies Scottish Open last September.

She’s liked her play this week. Maybe enough to think about another LPGA victory?

“That would be nice,” Gustafson said, “but there’s one more day tomorrow.”

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the Ginn Tributehosted by Annika, played May 31 at the par-72 6,459-yard RiverTowneCountry Club in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Sophie Gustafson 66-65-67--198

    -18 2. Na Yeon Choi 69-67-68--204

    -12 2. Karrie Webb 65-66-73--204

    -12 4. Jane Park 68-70-67--205

    -11 5. Song-Hee Kim 68-71-67--206

    -10 6. Seon Hwa Lee 68-70-69--207

    -9 6. Teresa Lu 68-67-72--207

    -9 8. Se Ri Pak 73-67-68--208

    -8 8. Sun Young Yoo 70-68-70--208

    -8 8. Inbee Park 67-68-73--208

    -8 11. Karen Stupples 69-73-67--209

    -7 11. Yani Tseng 69-71-69--209

    -7 11. Giulia Sergas 67-71-71--209

    -7 11. Suzann Pettersen 71-65-73--209

    -7 15. Diana D'Alessio 73-70-67--210

    -6 15. Jee Young Lee 70-71-69--210

    -6 15. Karin Sjodin 74-67-69--210

    -6 15. Juli Inkster 69-70-71--210

    -6 15. Natalie Gulbis 71-68-71--210

    -6 20. Sandra Gal 71-73-67--211

    -5 20. Paula Creamer 69-74-68--211

    -5 20. Angela Park 72-69-70--211

    -5 20. Kris Tamulis 70-70-71--211

    -5 20. Candie Kung 71-68-72--211

    -5 20. Minea Blomqvist 69-69-73--211

    -5 26. Ji Young Oh 69-72-71--212

    -4 26. Rachel Hetherington 72-69-71--212

    -4 26. Jeong Jang 69-71-72--212

    -4 26. Silvia Cavalleri 72-68-72--212

    -4 26. Morgan Pressel 70-69-73--212

    -4 26. Meena Lee 69-70-73--212

    -4 26. Il Mi Chung 71-68-73--212

    -4 26. Mi Hyun Kim 67-71-74--212

    -4 34. Allison Fouch 67-77-69--213

    -3 34. Tracy Hanson 70-74-69--213

    -3 34. Nicole Castrale 71-73-69--213

    -3 34. Marisa Baena 71-72-70--213

    -3 34. Ai Miyazato 70-71-72--213

    -3 34. Carin Koch 71-70-72--213

    -3 34. Momoko Ueda 72-68-73--213

    -3 34. Christina Kim 73-67-73--213

    -3 34. Soo-Yun Kang 71-68-74--213

    -3 34. Lorie Kane 70-68-75--213

    -3 34. Annika Sorenstam 72-66-75--213

    -3 45. Jin Joo Hong 73-71-70--214

    -2 45. Sherri Turner 73-70-71--214

    -2 45. Heather Young 67-75-72--214

    -2 45. In-Kyung Kim 65-76-73--214

    -2 45. Amy Hung 69-72-73--214

    -2 45. Young-A Yang 70-71-73--214

    -2 45. Laura Diaz 70-71-73--214

    -2 45. Carri Wood 73-68-73--214

    -2 45. Stacy Prammanasudh 71-69-74--214

    -2 45. Hee Young Park 71-65-78--214

    -2 55. Kim Hall 75-69-71--215

    -1 55. Russy Gulyanamitta 71-72-72--215

    -1 55. Pat Hurst 70-71-74--215

    -1 55. Mhairi McKay 70-71-74--215

    -1 55. Catriona Matthew 73-68-74--215

    -1 55. Cristie Kerr 67-73-75--215

    -1 61. Helen Alfredsson 73-71-72--216

    E 61. Brandie Burton 73-71-72--216

    E 61. Candy Hannemann 73-70-73--216

    E 61. Brittany Lang 72-70-74--216

    E 61. H.J. Choi 67-74-75--216

    E 61. Lindsey Wright 72-69-75--216

    E 67. Jimin Kang 69-75-73--217
    + 1 67. Kristy McPherson 68-76-73--217
    + 1 69. Johanna Head 70-73-75--218
    + 2 69. Liz Janangelo 73-70-75--218
    + 2 69. Taylor Leon 73-65-80--218
    + 2 72. Mikaela Parmlid 68-74-77--219
    + 3 73. Becky Iverson 71-71-78--220
    + 4 74. Michele Redman 71-71-79--221
    + 5 75. Dina Ammaccapane 71-72-80--223
    + 7 • • •



    Missed the cut



    76. Carolina Llano 72-73--145
    + 1 76. Linda Wessberg 69-76--145
    + 1 76. Beth Bader 73-72--145
    + 1 76. Nancy Scranton 73-72--145
    + 1 76. Jamie Hullett 73-72--145
    + 1 76. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 72-73--145
    + 1 76. Katie Futcher 71-74--145
    + 1 76. Leta Lindley 71-74--145
    + 1 76. Julieta Granada 72-73--145
    + 1 76. Louise Friberg 72-73--145
    + 1 76. Sherri Steinhauer 75-70--145
    + 1 76. Young Kim 69-76--145
    + 1 76. Jill McGill 73-72--145
    + 1 76. Becky Lucidi 73-72--145
    + 1 76. Jennifer Rosales 74-71--145
    + 1 76. Reilley Rankin 74-71--145
    + 1 76. Gloria Park 73-72--145
    + 1 76. Mollie Fankhauser 72-73--145
    + 1 94. Anna Grzebien 75-71--146
    + 2 94. Eun-Hee Ji 74-72--146
    + 2 94. Dorothy Delasin 77-69--146
    + 2 94. Heather Daly-Donofrio 72-74--146
    + 2 94. Danielle Downey 74-72--146
    + 2 99. Emily Bastel 74-73--147
    + 3 99. Na On Min 73-74--147
    + 3 99. Wendy Ward 74-73--147
    + 3 99. Seo-Jae Lee 74-73--147
    + 3 99. Karine Icher 73-74--147
    + 3 99. Kyeong Bae 71-76--147
    + 3 105. Su A Kim 74-74--148
    + 4 105. *Alison Whitaker 73-75--148
    + 4 105. Charlotte Mayorkas 72-76--148
    + 4 108. Irene Cho 75-74--149
    + 5 108. Meredith Duncan 77-72--149
    + 5 108. Liselotte Neumann 72-77--149
    + 5 108. Maria Hjorth 76-73--149
    + 5 108. Miriam Nagl 76-73--149
    + 5 108. Erica Blasberg 77-72--149
    + 5 108. Sarah Kemp 76-73--149
    + 5 108. Moira Dunn 73-76--149
    + 5 116. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 75-75--150
    + 6 116. Katherine Hull 75-75--150
    + 6 116. Michelle Ellis 77-73--150
    + 6 116. Laura Davies 76-74--150
    + 6 116. Sung Ah Yim 77-73--150
    + 6 116. Angela Stanford 76-74--150
    + 6 116. Hee-Won Han 78-72--150
    + 6 116. Eva Dahllof 76-74--150
    + 6 116. Birdie Kim 79-71--150
    + 6 116. Alena Sharp 76-74--150
    + 6 126. Jan Stephenson 74-77--151
    + 7 126. Seol-An Jeon 74-77--151
    + 7 126. Meaghan Francella 74-77--151
    + 7 126. Wendy Doolan 77-74--151
    + 7 130. Sarah Lee 78-74--152
    + 8 130. Virada Nirapathpongporn 80-72--152
    + 8 130. Grace Park 76-76--152
    + 8 130. Michelle McGann 75-77--152
    + 8 134. Sophie Giquel 79-74--153
    + 9 134. Kate Golden 73-80--153
    + 9 134. Kelli Kuehne 76-77--153
    + 9 137. Violeta Retamoza 77-77--154
    + 10 137. Ashleigh Simon 78-76--154
    + 10 139. Lisa Strom 81-74--155
    + 11 139. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 76-79--155
    + 11 141. Dawn Coe-Jones 83-79--162
    + 18 WD. Danielle Ammaccapane WD


    WD. Shanshan Feng WD


    WD. Shi Hyun Ahn WD


    DQ. Brittany Lincicome DQ


    DNS. Yu Ping Lin DNS


    DNS. Paige Mackenzie DNS


    DNS. Janice Moodie DNS


    DNS. Becky Morgan DNS


    DNS. Lorena Ochoa DNS


    DNS. Nina Reis DNS
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